Big Brother 2016 to get celebrity housemates?!

Emma and Rylan

It's been claimed that this summer's Big Brother 2016 will include celebrity housemates.

A fairly strange report by Now magazine brings the news, although the story doesn't seem to make much sense.

The publication talks about Celebrity Big Brother at the same time as referring to the the new series in May/June, which is in fact the regular 'civilian' show.

Whatever they're on about, they suggest at some point the Big Brother house will be 'split in two' with celebrity and regular housemates living alongside one another.

A source told the magazine: "We’re planning on really mixing up the regular series this time by chucking in a load of celebs too and splitting the house up.

"The producers have been approaching people from Gogglebox, TOWIE and Ex On The Beach and have some great names lined up."

The insider also alleged there had already been disagreements behind the scenes over fees, with the celebs set to get paid to take part while the regular housemates will get nothing.

Adding celebs to Big Brother is really nothing new, there have been countless twists and tasks over the years such as last summer's Hotel task.

But a whole series involving Celebrity and regular housemates living together would seem to make the whole idea of having two separate shows pointless.

At the same time, there is a HUGE new house extension being built right now that will add lots of extra space to the set that presumably will have some use in the new series.

For now, watch this space...

Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother will air this summer on Chanel 5, with a rumoured start date in late June.

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