Stephen Fry has quit as the host of the BAFTA Film Awards after 12 years to ‘give other people a chance’.
The comedian, writer and presenter Stephen Fry has quit hosting the BAFTAs after ’12 brilliant years’.
Stephen revealed in a statement: “Every one of the 12 Bafta film award ceremonies that I had the privilege of hosting has a place in my memory. The mixture of glamour, glory, drama and – occasionally – embarrassment and hiccup holds a unique place in the British film calendar.
“Over the last two decades I have especially loved watching the emergence of new young film talent behind and in front of the camera. But after so long a time I felt it only right to stand down and let others take the Baftas on to new heights and greater glories.
“I want to thank all the production staff, Amanda Berry and her wonderful Bafta colleagues, the BBC and all those who helped make every year so enjoyable.
“I reserve especial gratitude and imagination for Ivor Baddiel and Phil Kerr, whose work on the scripts was so skillful it made people think I’d written every line myself.
“What fun it will be to watch Bafta 2018 without my heart hammering, mouth drying and knees trembling.”
BAFTAs tweeted their sadness at the news on Twitter: “This year’s Film Awards will have a new host as @StephenFry steps down after 12 brilliant years – we’ll really miss you Stephen!”
— BAFTA (@BAFTA) January 5, 2018
Stephen’s replacement will be announced along with the nominations on Tuesday.