Richard Dawkins likely to headline Channel 5’s Celebrity Big Brother

Richard Dawkins Big Brother

Controversial scientist and author Richard Dawkins steps in for unstable US actor Charlie Sheen

Endemol is looking to make waves with its Channel 5 relaunch of Celebrity Big Brother this summer, as controversial biologist and God Delusion author, Richard Dawkins, is penned to replace “unstable” Charlie Sheen.

Millions had mourned the end of Big Brother’s reign on Channel 4 in September 2010, with many believing the show had run its course, despite healthy early viewing figures.

In April, it was confirmed Channel 5 had signed a 2 year deal to broadcast the popular reality show, kicking off with a special celebrity edition in August.

Richard Dawkins – who once described the suggestion of Big Brother being the ultimate cultural meme as ‘abhorrent’ – is rumoured to have been courted by producers after disgraced US actor, Charlie Sheen, was ruled out from this year’s show on medical advice.

Other housemates reported to be in callbacks with show producers include British model, Emma Heming, Libertines frontman, Pete Doherty, and devout Christian, Ben Fogle.

Emma Willis

Former BBLB presenter, Emma Willis, will be filling Davina McCall's shoes when the show airs in August

Also having her shoes filled this year is original Big Brother presenter, Davina McCall, whose role is to be taken over by former Big Brother’s Little Brother presenter and Aston Villa supporter, Emma Willis.

In an interview with OK!, Emma talks about the pressure she feels taking over from national treasure, Davina, as well as her excitement at the show’s speedy return to our screens:

“I don’t think any of us expected the show to disappear, but it seems as if the nation’s spoken and they want it back already! We’ve only had 9 months to catch our breath, but I think Big Brother will find the perfect home at Channel 5.”

One thing’s for sure, Endemol and Channel 5 will be pulling no punches this year to make sure the new era of Big Brother gets off to a bang!

Celebrity Big Brother is hitting UK screens in August, followed by the main edition of Big Brother in September.

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18 comments on Richard Dawkins likely to headline Channel 5’s Celebrity Big Brother

  1. Allan
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    Interested to how he’ll get on with Ben Fogel

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  2. Morgana
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    I Daren’t Say What I Think!

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  3. lowrider
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    wow, is that shit really still going over there?

    such shit tv for dumb ppl

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  4. Owen yeah
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    AISLEYNE WAS BARE FITZOR M8

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  5. martin
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    I’ve always respected Richard Dawins a lot but I’m not sure I’ll be feeling the same by Autumn… Methinks they offered him a fair bit to do it if Sheen’s out

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  6. Steve
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    makosi was fit, i heard she was a high price prostitute in london, if i had her number i so would

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  7. LilWayne
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    Big Brother = Big Business

    just proves we all have our price

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  8. andy
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    i was forced to watch an episode once. worst thing i’ve ever had to endure.

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  9. sarah.c
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    yay! love emma willis

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  10. Stuart
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    Abysmal shower of cunts.

    And I only watched bits of the first one.

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  11. rachel t
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    anyone gonna b watchin?

    I gotta admit i always say i wont then do!

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  12. Yurie
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    Dawkins leaked it on his blog then took it down when he got told off by BB lol

    chance Sheen’s still going in too

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  13. Sue
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    I love BB i’m glad its back this year but please do we have to have celebs from USA etc can’t they keep it all British.

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  14. Gen Xist
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    Hopefully he will tell the Xtians to shut up/

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  15. Big Brother Fan ;)
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    If you don’t like Big Brother, then why comment, go find something else to do, don’t be that sad and comment saying that you don’t like it, or if it’s rubbish.

    CAN’T WAIT FOR IT TO RETURN THOUGH 😀.

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  16. Max Rufus Moseley
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    Richard Desmond keeps asking me but I can’t decide whether to do it.
    Emma Willis is fit tho, so maybe I will.

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