Emma Willis and Rylan Clark-Neal mourn loss of Celebrity Big Brother

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Emma Willis and Rylan Clark-Neal have reacted to the start of a new year without Celebrity Big Brother.

After 18 years on UK telly, Big Brother concluded its last ever series last November.

It was Cameron Cole who won Big Brother 2018 in the final, taking home the £100,000 prize fund. He beat Akeem Griffiths in the final two while Zoe Jones finished third and Cian Carrigan ranked in fourth.

Before the launch of the run, Channel 5 announced it would no longer air the show beyond the end of the year.

This week would usually have seen the launch of Celebrity Big Brother’s winter season.

But with no series lined up, reality is setting in for Emma, Rylan and many Big Brother fans.

In a post on Instagram, Emma shared: “Remembering the final, and all the wonderful people I had the pleasure of working with over the years, on what would normally have been launch week…. love you #CBB ❤️”

“It’s starting to set in…… #SAVEBBUK” tweeted now former Bit On The Side host Rylan.

Fans were quick to share their similar feelings, with one writing: “#CBB in January was THE best part of the new year!! @Channel4 take it back please ??”

Another wrote: “I totally agree. I’m so sad that we won’t have #CBB in January to get us through that first dull month of the year. It won’t be the same. Hopefully someone will save it. ?? #SaveBBUK xx”

“Wait, no #CBB this January??? What am I gonna do with my life???? #SAVEBBUK” reacted a third.

Although there’s been talk the show could move to another channel in future, nothing has been confirmed just yet.

Speaking in 2018, Bit On The Side’s Rylan said: “My brain just doesn’t understand that it’s not coming back. To me, I can’t understand that I have presented it for the last time. It’s going to be majorly missed.”

He told the Daily Mail newspaper: “And trust me, I am doing everything I can do in my power to get it back.

“I can’t imagine Big Brother not being around. It has shaped my life. I am really in a world of denial about this. I want it back. Many people do.”

Main show host Emma Willis recently revealed that producers were “talking to people” about moving the show to a new channel – or even a streaming service like Netflix.

The series originally aired on Channel 4 between 2000 and 2010 before moving to Channel 5 in 2011.

Appearing on ITV’s This Morning, Emma said: “I’ve kind of asked and they’ve gone ‘we’re talking to people.’ People are very noncommittal at the moment because I think they don’t know, but they’re obviously having talks.

“If it happened, I’m one of those people who in a perfect world thinks it would be amazing, but until we get there no-one knows.”

Big Brother is an Endemol production.

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