Rylan "devastated" by Big Brother axe but hopes it will move to another channel

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Rylan Clark-Neal says he’s “devastated” ahead of Big Brother’s final ever series coming to an end.

Big Brother’s 2018 season finishes tomorrow (Monday, November 5) and it’s set to be the show’s final bow.

Channel 5 confirmed at the start of the run that it had decided to drop Big Brother from its schedules after the end of the year.

“I am devastated Big Brother is ending,” Rylan said this week, telling the Daily Star newspaper: “I’ll probably be p***** just so that I can drown the pain with alcohol.”

Rylan confessed to the tabloid that he “refuses to believe” the show is over for good after 18 years and had avoided planning for his final episode of Bit On The Side on Monday night.

“Big Brother needs to go somewhere where it’s wanted. If those talks fall on deaf ears I will be banging on doors myself,” Rylan added.

Rylan, who won the Celebrity series and now hosts spin-off Bit On The Side, previously took aim at the decision to drop the show.

Comparing Big Brother to more ‘structured reality shows’ like Love Island, Rylan said: “Big Brother is the only real reality show left.”

He told The Sun newspaper last month: “We don’t tell them what to do. They do what they do themselves. All we ask them to do is take part in tasks. We don’t tell them, ‘Can you just move to the right and say that again?’. We don’t do that.

“And why the f*** would you want to take the only real reality show on the telly off the telly, I do not know.”

At the start of the current series, Channel 5 said: “The forthcoming series of Big Brother will be the last – of either celebrity or civilian versions – on Channel 5. We’d like to thank Endemol and all of the production team who have worked tirelessly to make the show a success.”

They added: “We’d also like to thank our brilliant presenters – Emma on Big Brother and Rylan from Bit on the Side – for their consummate professionalism, Marcus, the voice of Big Brother and all of the housemates who have created so many memorable moments.”

For now, Big Brother is back at 9PM with the latest highlights show on Channel 5. The final airs live on Monday at 10PM.

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