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RIP to the Big Brother smoking area: ITV has scrapped the best bit of the house

A cig-filled ode to the house’s most iconic area

I think for any hardcore fan of Big Brother, the return of what is for my money the greatest reality TV show of all time happening on ITV is cause for some concern. ITV 2 as a channel, famously the home of the likes of Love Island, is hardly known for its boundary pushing television – something Big Brother innately is, and on Channel 4 it grew to become a social experiment that always casted diversely and caused chaos that felt like the future. Channel 5 continued it, more or less – albeit with an increase in pseudo-celebs being cast on the civilian version. Everyone is airing the ITV era of Big Brother with caution, and to their credit the channel does seem to have a mindset where they understand what fans want and what makes Big Brother so special. That is until the news has come out today of the Big Brother reboot’s first major casualty: ITV has done away with the iconic smoking area.

RIP smoking area

The worst news every fan of Big Brother thought might arrive is that Max Balegde had been cast as a housemate. But worse news unfortunately happened on GMB this morning – the confirmation that the smoking area in the garden has been scrapped and is now a little closed off room with no cameras in. It still his a microphone, but that’s it.

Now, I’m not pining for the smoking area as some kind of avid chain-smoking cigaholic. I am pining for a location that is absolutely, utterly vital to any sort of space where you want to have good conversations and make amazing memories. I don’t need to tell you how important smoking areas are to clubs, pubs and nights out – even if you take not a single drag of a ciggy, not one person reading this can say with their chest they haven’t had a life changing moment happen to them in the hallowed smoking areas of their lives. It’s where memories are made.

The smoking area of Big Brother is this times a million. Throughout Big Brother’s 18 year run of civilian and celeb seasons, that smoking area birthed icons. Reaction pictures tweeted over a decade on from when they hit TVs still circulate today.