‘Big Brother UK,’ ‘Celebrity Big Brother UK’ Officially Ending

After years of reality-show scandals and controversies, it’s the end of the road for beloved reality shows “Big Brother UK” and “Celebrity Big Brother UK”.

(All other international iterations of “Big Brother“, including Canada, are not impacted by this decision.)

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Broadcasting network Channel 5 confirmed “Big Brother UK”. will be finished after the current 19th season, which starts up on Friday night.

Channel 5 also confirmed that “Celebrity Big Brother UK” is ending, too; it just had its 22nd season finale on Sept. 10.

“The forthcoming series of “Big Brother” will be the last — of either celebrity or civilian versions — on Channel 5,” said a spokesperson to the BBC. “We’d like to thank [production company] Endemol and all of the production team who have worked tirelessly to make the show a success.”

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“Most importantly, we’d like to thank fans of the show for their support over the last seven years. We look forward to giving the final series a brilliant sendoff.”

Endemol Shine UK, for its part, was “disappointed” in the decision, and posted a lengthy message to Twitter ruing the shows’ endings.

All is not lost, however. The production company seemed to indicate that it might not be the end of the road, and in its message said it “opens up a new chapter and we are excited about future possibilities for ‘Big Brother’ in the UK.”

“Big Brother”, billed as a “social experiment” when it first popped up on TV screens in 2000, was a hot hit from Day 1. Featuring regular people locked in a house together for months without access to the outside world, it was must-watch TV during the reality surge of the early ’00s.

All is not lost, however. The production company seemed to indicate that it might not be the end of the road, and in its message said it “opens up a new chapter and we are excited about future possibilities for “Big Brother” in the UK.”

“Big Brother”, billed as a “social experiment” when it first popped up on TV screens in 2000, was a hot hit from Day 1. Featuring regular people locked in a house together for months without access to the outside world, it was must-watch TV during the reality surge of the early ’00s.

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