With no Celebrity Big Brother, Emma Willis has had a "weird" start to the year

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Emma Willis admits it's been a "weird start" to 2019 without Celebrity Big Brother.

Channel 5 axed both Big Brother and its Celebrity spin-off at the end of last year.

It's the first time in almost 20 years that the show has not aired on UK telly, having first started in 2000 on Channel 4.

January is usually when a brand new Celebrity series would be on air, and former host Emma is missing it.

"January has been weird if I’m being honest. When Big Brother finished, everybody was really sad," she confessed this week. "But I think all of us thought it would be nice to have a bit of time in January and not have New Year happen and suddenly you are back into it.

"But if I am honest I have really missed it."

She added to the Daily Mirror newspaper: "It has been lovely to have an extended amount of time at home with the kids but I am someone that likes to keep busy. I miss it. I really, really do."

Emma and Bit On The Side presenter Rylan Clark-Neal last week mourned the loss of the show on what would've been launch week.

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 ❤️"

And Rylan has announced his new year's resolution is to bring the series back within the next twelve months.

He declared on Twitter: "Cheers everyone. Happy New Year. Thanks for another bonus year for this X factor reject. Can’t thank yous enough. My resolution.... to bring back @bbuk and TRUST ME. I’ll do it. Love yous. Here’s to 2019 xxxx 🥳🍻🥂"

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."

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