Published On: Sat, Sep 15th, 2018

Big Brother: Emma Willis looks sharp in a matching black blouse and braces

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It’s been confirmed as the final ever series, with bosses teasing it will go right back to its ‘social experiment’ roots.

And Emma Willis was effortlessly chic as she hosted the last ever Big Brother launch show, teaming a buttoned-up black blouse with matching braced trousers.

The 42-year-old took to the stage ahead of Friday’s opening show which will see 14 new housemates enter the Elstree abode, after it was confirmed earlier in the day that the show had been axed by Channel 5 after 18 years on air.

Stylish: Emma Willis was effortlessly chic as she hosted the last ever Big Brother launch show on Friday, teaming a buttoned-up black blouse with matching braced trousers.

Stylish: Emma Willis was effortlessly chic as she hosted the last ever Big Brother launch show on Friday, teaming a buttoned-up black blouse with matching braced trousers.

Stylish: Emma Willis was effortlessly chic as she hosted the last ever Big Brother launch show on Friday, teaming a buttoned-up black blouse with matching braced trousers.

Never one to shy away from a dynamic look, Emma was putting on a stylish display in the dark grey collared blouse and navy blue trousers with velvet braces.

The mother-of-two accessorised with navy pointed-toe heels, and had her honeyed tresses styled into their signature quiff.

Emma was taking to the stage once again as she prepared to host Big Brother’s last ever series, 18 years after the show first began on Channel 4.

Chic: Never one to shy away from a dynamic look, Emma was putting on a stylish display in the dark grey collared blouse and navy blue trousers with velvet braces

Chic: Never one to shy away from a dynamic look, Emma was putting on a stylish display in the dark grey collared blouse and navy blue trousers with velvet braces

Chic: Never one to shy away from a dynamic look, Emma was putting on a stylish display in the dark grey collared blouse and navy blue trousers with velvet braces

Fashion forward: The mother-of-two accessorised with navy pointed-toe heels, and had her honeyed tresses styled into their signature quiff

Fashion forward: The mother-of-two accessorised with navy pointed-toe heels, and had her honeyed tresses styled into their signature quiff

Fashion forward: The mother-of-two accessorised with navy pointed-toe heels, and had her honeyed tresses styled into their signature quiff

Channel 5 bosses confirmed on Friday that Big Brother will finally come to an end following the current series.

In a statement the network said: ‘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’, they concluded. 

Final series: Channel 5 bosses confirmed on Friday that the show will finally come to an end after 18 years

Final series: Channel 5 bosses confirmed on Friday that the show will finally come to an end after 18 years

Final series: Channel 5 bosses confirmed on Friday that the show will finally come to an end after 18 years

Emotional: Bit On The Side spin-off show host Rylan Clark-Neal said he was 'saddened' by the news. He is pictured here with Ryan Thomas earlier this week after he won the celebrity version

Emotional: Bit On The Side spin-off show host Rylan Clark-Neal said he was 'saddened' by the news. He is pictured here with Ryan Thomas earlier this week after he won the celebrity version

Emotional: Bit On The Side spin-off show host Rylan Clark-Neal said he was ‘saddened’ by the news. He is pictured here with Ryan Thomas earlier this week after he won the celebrity version

Confirmation: Alongside a teaser clip, the post from Channel 5 said: 'The forthcoming series of Big Brother will be the last - of either celebrity or civilian versions - on Channel 5'

Confirmation: Alongside a teaser clip, the post from Channel 5 said: 'The forthcoming series of Big Brother will be the last - of either celebrity or civilian versions - on Channel 5'

Confirmation: Alongside a teaser clip, the post from Channel 5 said: ‘The forthcoming series of Big Brother will be the last – of either celebrity or civilian versions – on Channel 5’

A teaser clip posted to the Big Brother’s Twitter account further echoed the announcement, reading: ‘The forthcoming series of Big Brother will be the last – of either celebrity or civilian versions – on Channel 5.’

Channel 5 boss Ben Frow had confirmed last month that the show wasn’t slated to air next year, as the end of 2018 also saw the end of Endemol’s current contract with the channel.

Speaking at the Edinburgh TV Festival he said: ‘I have planned for a year without Big Brother. But never say never. The contract runs out at Christmas.’ 

It had become a common complaint for many Big Brother fans that the civilian show featured a line-up of Z-listers and reality TV has-beens.

Last year: Rylan will host the final edition of Bit On The Side, while Emma Willis is set to present the main show

Last year: Rylan will host the final edition of Bit On The Side, while Emma Willis is set to present the main show

Last year: Rylan will host the final edition of Bit On The Side, while Emma Willis is set to present the main show

But host Emma Willis has insisted that this year will see the show return to its social experiment roots, saying on BOTS it is ‘the general public’ that fans will see enter the house.

A teaser released earlier this week gave fans a glimpse of the show’s ‘mind games’ theme that is set to take centre stage, along with tiny looks at this year’s lineup.

Emma also revealed that fans could vote for one housemate who would receive a ‘major advantage’, and Rylan teased that a special gold coin emblazoned with the classic BB eye symbol would play a big part in this year’s show.

The news comes after the latest celebrity instalment saw just two million viewers tune in on launch night, a 100,000 less than January’s figures.

Last year’s civilian series – airing in its usual summer slot – saw an average of just 1.24 million viewers, a record low for the series. 

But interest in the show could be re-ignited following this summer’s CBB, which saw actor Ryan Thomas crowned series champion on Monday night.

And despite increased interest the final pulled in a mere 1.6 million viewers, again a record low for the star-studded format. 

Victory: The latest edition of CBB, which ended on Monday, saw soap star Ryan Thomas, 34, crowned as the winner of the series

Victory: The latest edition of CBB, which ended on Monday, saw soap star Ryan Thomas, 34, crowned as the winner of the series

Victory: The latest edition of CBB, which ended on Monday, saw soap star Ryan Thomas, 34, crowned as the winner of the series

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