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Monday, 8 January 2018

Stephen Fry steps down as host of Bafta film awards



After hosting the Bafta film awards 12 times, comedian Stephen Fry has announced he is stepping down to allow others have a go.
“What fun it will be to watch Bafta 2018 without my heart hammering, mouth drying and knees trembling,” he said.
In a statement, Fry said: “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.”
Amanda Berry, Bafta’s chief executive, thanked Fry for making each ceremony he had presented “such memorable and joyous occasions”. She added: “We will miss him tremendously.”
His replacement will be announced on Tuesday when nominees of this year’s Bafta will be revealed.
Possible names include Jonathan Ross, who presented between 2007-11, and Graham Norton, who presents the Bafta TV awards. Others possibilities include ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ presenter Claudia Winkleman, Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc, and Emma Thompson.
This year’s ceremony takes place on 18 February at the Royal Albert Hall, London and will feature a performance by Cirque du Soleil.

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