Stephen Fry has announced that he will be stepping down as host of the Bafta Film Awards and handing the duty to someone else.
He has been the host of the show twelve times but has said it was “only right to stand down and let others take the Baftas on to new heights and greater glories”.
Thanks so much for all your very kind messages. I had an amazing run of 12 years presenting the #BAFTAs and wish my successor the happiest time. https://t.co/jjxyslCu0Z
— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) January 5, 2018
He also admitted it’ll be a change to actually watch the show without feeling nervous about his hosting responsibilities.
Bafta thanked him for making the awards “such memorable and joyous occasions” and teased that the new host will be named on Tuesday alongside this year’s nominees.
This year's Film Awards will have a new host as @StephenFry steps down after 12 brilliant years – we’ll really miss you Stephen! ? https://t.co/alJKOz6mXn
Find out who's taking up the mantle when we announce our nominations on Tuesday… ? #EEBAFTAs pic.twitter.com/KtOT60vOQZ
— BAFTA (@BAFTA) January 5, 2018
Fry first hosted the awards back in 2001 and became almost part of the furniture as viewers and stars enjoyed the comic’s affectionate ribbing of the nominees.
People have speculated as to who will take over Fry’s job and some favourites in the race include James Corden, Richard Ayoade, Jennifer Saunders, Graham Norton and even one of Fry’s oldest friends Hugh Laurie.
But Bafta are keeping tight lipped on the real host until Tuesday so fans have to wait until then. This year’s ceremony will take place at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 18 February.
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