Celebrity Big Brother hits back following cancellation rumours
Celebrity Big Brother sources have denied rumours about the Channel 5 reality show facing the axe.
It was recently reported the show may be given the chop due to “plummeting ratings” over recent series.
The Daily Star claimed Channel 5 was going to “pull the plug” on Celebrity Big Brother after 18 years of broadcasting. The publication went on to say the programme would be “cosigned to the TV dustbin for good”.
A source told Deadline that “there is no truth” in the reports, adding how show makers Endemol Shine and Viacom are “still in discussions over future series when the contract for the house-based entertainment format ends later this year.”
The reports come months after Channel 5’s Director of Programmes Ben Frow revealed at the Edinburgh International TV Festival that he would be “much happier with a channel that did not have Big Brother on it.”
Celebrity Big Brother is currently airing on Channel 5, and stars Made In Chelsea’s Ashley James, pop star Ginuwine, RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant Courtney Act and politician Ann Widdecombe.
Celebrity Big Brother continues tonight at 9pm on Channel 5.