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Stephen Fry steps down as Bafta Film Awards host

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Stephen Fry is to step down as host of the Bafta Film Awards.

Fry, who has fronted the ceremony 12 times, said it was “only right to stand down and let others take the Baftas on to new heights and greater glories”.

He added: “What fun it will be to watch Bafta 2018 without my heart hammering, mouth drying and knees trembling.”

Stephen Fry steps down as Bafta Film Awards host
Stephen Fry steps down as Bafta Film Awards host

Bafta thanked him for making the awards “such memorable and joyous occasions”. A replacement will be named on Tuesday, when this year’s nominees are revealed.

Fry first hosted the awards in 2001, the year Gladiator won best picture, and has become a much-loved fixture thanks to his affectionate and occasionally risque ribbing of celebrity guests.

He had a break from hosting duties between 2007-11, when Jonathan Ross took over.

This year’s ceremony will take place at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 18 February.

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