BAFTA Awards: Stephen Fry Steps Down as Host

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Fry has hosted the ceremony 12 times, but said it was "only right to stand down and let others take the BAFTAs on to new heights and greater glories."

Stephen Fry is ending his long run as host of the BAFTA Film Awards.

Fry has fronted the ceremony — the biggest film awards outside of the U.S. — 12 times, but said it was "only right to stand down and let others take the BAFTAs on to new heights and greater glories."

Fry added: "What fun it will be to watch BAFTA 2018 without my heart hammering, mouth drying and knees trembling."

Whereas the Academy Awards changes its host almost every year, in the U.K., Fry has been a near-constant presence in recent years, fronting the BAFTAs from 2011-2017 and having first hosted the awards in 2001.

BAFTA head Amanda Berry thanked Fry, saying that he made the awards "such memorable and joyous occasions."

She added that a new host would be announced on Jan. 9 at the same time the BAFTA Award nominations are revealed.

This year's BAFTAs, which will take place on Feb. 18, will be held for the second successive year at London's iconic Royal Albert Hall.