Rylan Clark-Neal speaks out on Big Brother axe

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Rylan Clark-Neal has spoken out after Big Brother was axed by Channel 5 today.

Channel 5 confirmed this morning that it had axed Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother after seven years. The show started on the channel in 2011 after a decade on Channel 4, but won't be back after 2018.

The latest series - which begins tonight at 9PM - will be the last ever.

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.

"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.

"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 send-off."

Bit On The Side host Rylan, who rose to fame on The X Factor before winning Celebrity Big Brother, said: "After 6 years working on one of the most iconic shows on television I'm saddened to hear the news Big Brother won't be returning. It has been the biggest privilege being a housemate, a winner and a host on my favourite show on the television.

"To work with Emma [Willis], Marcus [Bentley] and the amazing team on BOTS every day and have made friends for life I'm truly the luckiest guy in the industry. I hope one day Big Brother will return but my focus now, as with the rest of the team is to make our last series the best yet.

"I'd like to thank all of our guests, housemates and teams from over the years, Endemol and Channel 5 for having me and most of all the viewers for sharing this amazing journey. I learned how to host a show on the job here and I'll be forever grateful for the opportunity. R x"

Big Brother's final series airs from tonight on Channel 5.

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