Stephen Fry is stepping down as the long-running host of the annual BAFTA Film Awards ceremony.
British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) officials announced on Friday (05Jan18) that the English comedian, who has presented the awards 12 times, will no longer serve as host.
“Every one of the 12 BAFTA film award ceremonies that I had the privilege of hosting has a place in my memory,” Fry said in a statement. “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.”
Fry, who presented from 2001 to 2006 and then from 2012 to 2017, also thanked the BAFTA team, in particular those who help write his scripts before concluding, “What fun it will be to watch BAFTA 2018 without my heart hammering, mouth drying and knees trembling.”
His replacement will be revealed during the nominations announcement on Tuesday.
The 71st BAFTA Film Awards will be held at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 18 February.