Stephen Fry has announced that he is standing down as the host of the BAFTA Film Awards after hosting the ceremony for twelve years.
In a statement, the comedian thanked BAFTA for helping to ‘make every year so enjoyable’.
“”Every one of the 12 BAFTA Film Award ceremonies that I had the privilege of hosting has a place in my memory,” Fry said.
“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.
“What fun it will be to watch BAFTA 2018 without my heart hammering, mouth drying and knees trembling.”
Fry hosted the ceremony from 2001 to 2006, before returning in 2012 to host every ceremony until last year.
Jonathan Ross returned to host the ceremony between 2007 and 2011.
Fry’s replacement will be revealed on Tuesday January 9, on the same day that the nominations are revealed for the ceremony on February 18.
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