Channel 5 denies ‘month-long’ Celeb BB extension rumour
Channel 5 has firmly denied a newspaper rumour that claimed Celebrity Big Brother 2017 ‘All Stars’ and ‘New Stars’ could be extended by up to a MONTH.
The Sun reported today that a lengthy extension to the current series was under consideration after Kim Woodburn’s late arrival boosted ratings.
According to the newspaper, bosses were set to end the show on Friday 24th February, three weeks later than originally planned.
However, a spokesperson for the broadcaster has rubbished the report, telling bbspy that the final will still take place this coming Friday (3rd February) – as was announced last week.
“There’s no truth in this,” the rep said. “The final is on Friday.”
The rumour puzzled fans, as CBB typically runs for around a month. The current series is already due to be the joint-longest ever, lasting 32 days.
Had the rumour proved true, it would have ended up running for a total of 53 days – three more than last summer’s shortest-ever ‘civilian’ series.
An extension would have required C5 to renegotiate contracts with the remaining housemates, and would also likely have resulted in new housemates being introduced.
While an extra three weeks would have been unprecedented, C5 has previously extended CBB: the January 2014 series was increased from 22 to 27 days after hitting the 3million viewer mark.