ITV ready to bring back Bro

Daily Star Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - ■ by ED GLEAVE

BIG Brother was last night be­ing tipped to re­turn to screens on ITV.

The network is the book­ies’ favourite to be the new home of the re­al­ity show.

Chan­nel 5 bosses have con­firmed they are ax­ing both BB and its celeb spin-off af­ter seven years.

Paddy Power is of­fer­ing odds of 4/6 that ITV will snap up the pro­gramme as early as next year.

A spokesman said: “With Chan­nel 5 ready to evict CBB, we rate ITV as the most likely chan­nel to take the show on.”

ITV is al­ready home to shows in­clud­ing TOWIE, Love Is­land and The Real Housewives Of Cheshire.

Your in-the-know Daily Star Sun­day re­vealed back in Jan­uary that BB was set to be axed by Chan­nel 5.

Af­ter we broke the news, the pro­duc­tion com­pany En­de­mol de­nied it. But on Fri­day it was con­firmed its run on the TV chan­nel will end af­ter the cur­rent se­ries.

Rat­ings for both BB and CBB have fallen in re­cent years.

The live launch of the new se­ries failed to top a mil­lion view­ers on Fri­day.

But host Emma Willis, 42, has re­mained de­fi­ant. Speak­ing about the axe, she said: “This should be a pos­i­tive thing be­cause we should just f***ing show ev­ery­body how great it is.

“And we should love it and em­brace it and give it the send-off it de­serves.”

Mean­while, the new se­ries was thrown into chaos yes­ter­day when con­tes­tant El­lis Hil­lon, 19, was axed af­ter bosses dis­cov­ered she had made of­fen­sive so­cial me­dia posts.

Re­ports have said she used a racist term on­line four years ago.

A BB spokesman said: “As a re­sult of our in­ves­ti­ga­tion, El­lis has been re­moved from the house.”


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