Cameron Cole was crowned the winner of this year’s final, making him the youngest ever housemate to walk away with the £100,000 prize.
It was an emotional night for host Emma, who has fronted the show for the last five years on Channel 5.
The teary host said: “I personally want to thank the 300 plus team who work tirelessly to bring you this show. To Davina, Marcus and Brian who have paved the way as hosts...
“To all the Big Brother housemates over the past 18 years and to all of you at home. Without you we would never have lasted without you.
“It’s time now for this house to hopefully find a new home. Thank you so much for watching.”
There wasn’t a dry eye in the house when Emma crowned Cameron the winner, who also burst into tears.
Speaking to Emma during his exit interview, Cameron said: “I didn’t think I would be liked, I moan a lot. I didn’t think I would fit in.
“I love all the housemates. It has been the most incredible house. This experience was everything I wanted and more.”
When the show finally came to a close, Emma could be seen being comforted by members of the crew.
Earlier this year, Channel 5 confirmed the show would end after this series.
It’s still not known if the franchise will return on another channel, but Emma has pledged her allegiance should it move to another broadcaster.
Speaking to Radio Times, she said: “Would I be a part of another ‘Big Brother’? Why wouldn’t I? I’ve been a part of it for such a long time.
“As long as diaries allowed for it and it was still the ‘Big Brother’ I know and love, then yes.”
It was previously rumoured ITV were considering snapping up ‘Big Brother’ as part of a deal to buy production company Endemol Shine, but have since pulled out of negotiations.
Emma took the reins in 2013, after previously working on the final Channel 4 spin-off series ‘Little Brother’ and hosting ‘Bit On The Side’.