Stephen Fry has stepped down as the long-time BAFTA film awards host after 12 years.
Dubbed the ‘British Oscars’, the gay broadcaster, comic and actor was the subject of praise and criticism for his decade long stint as host.
The British Academy film Awards will be held at London’s Royal Albert Hall, taking place on 18 February.
Stephen Fry: ‘I felt it only right to stand down’
‘Every one of the twelve BAFTA film award ceremonies that I had the privilege of hosting has a place in my memory.,’ he 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.’
He added: ‘What fun it will be to watch BAFTA 2018 without my heart hammering, mouth drying and knees trembling.’
Will Graham Norton become the next BAFTA film awards host?
BAFTA has confirmed the 2018 host will be announced at the nominations press conference on 9 January.
But bookies are already reckoning another gay comic will step up to host the BAFTA film awards – Graham Norton.
The BBC host is leading the betting at 5/4, closely followed by Strictly Come Dancing presenter Claudia Winkeman.
Fans and critics say goodbye to Fry as BAFTA host
Fans and critics said goodbye to Fry as BAFTA host on Twitter.
— Adam Russell (@7sevenfilms) January 5, 2018
@stephenfry Just read you are giving up as BAFTA Host. So sad. Your so good in that role. You will be missed
— Jayne Horn (@OldFatBat50) January 5, 2018
Sad news 😢 pic.twitter.com/VOSmGEBJYh
— AwardStage (@AwardStage) January 5, 2018
Very sad at the news Stephen Fry is stepping down as host of the #BAFTA Awards. Big shoes to fill for whoever replaces him. New host will be announced alongside the nominations next week. If it’s Edith Bowman I WILL RIOT!!
— Jenny Priestley (@jennypriestley) January 5, 2018
I was getting a bit bored with Stephen Fry’s tiresomely repetitive routine at the BAFTA over the years so a new host is welcome. Who though?
— FilmLand Empire (@FilmLandEmpire) January 5, 2018