Emma Willis will be back with Celebrity Big Brother in January on Channel 5

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Emma Willis will be back hosting Celebrity Big Brother in January on Channel 5.

The telly favourite dismissed rumours suggesting she’d be stepping down as host from the series following the summer’s final.

And on Bit On The Side, Rylan Clark-Neal also confirmed he’d be back for next year.

The pair will be back for what will be the 21st series of Celebrity Big Brother in 2018, which could be the last year for Big Brother.

Channel 5 is nearing the end of a three year deal with programme makers Endemol for both Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother.

Picture shows: Presenter Rylan and Emma
Picture shows: Presenter Rylan and Emma

The contract is understood to end after next summer’s Celebrity Big Brother and it’s looking possibly we won’t see a renewal.

Ratings for the ageing reality series hit some new lows in the summer summer with the least watched Big Brother run to date, averaging fewer than a million viewers.

The last run of Celebrity Big Brother acquired a similar title as the least watched Celebrity edition, with the shortest series in four years at 25 days long.

Speaking at the Edinburgh TV Festival, Channel 5’s current boss Ben Frow hinted he wanted rid of the show, saying it had “declined declined declined”.

He added: “We’re going to have a discussion about it. I need to know, like I would with any commission, what are the plans for the future? How will it be creatively renewed? How is it still important to me?

“It’s a very established brand, a very successful brand but there’s a big shiny new show on the block called Love Island. We need to take a good long look at Big Brother and go what does it look like for the future?”

Emma Willis and Rylan Clark-Neal
Emma Willis and Rylan Clark-Neal

Meanwhile, Emma recently revealed she hoped the show could stay around long enough to celebrate its 20th birthday.

“I hope it’s got legs. I’ve been obsessed with it since it began in 2000, but everything has a shelf life,” Emma told The Sun newspaper. “Hopefully it will go for a little while longer.

“It would be nice for it to at least make 20 years.”

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