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Stephen Fry steps down as BAFTA host after 12 years
It’s the end of an era (Picture: Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

Stephen Fry has stepped down as host of the BAFTA Film Awards after 12 years.

The national treasure announced today that he would be stepping aside to let someone else ‘take the BAFTAs on to new heights and greater glories’.

In a statement, Fry said: ‘Every one of the twelve 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.

EMBARGOED UNTIL 21.30 SUNDAY 12TH FEB Mandatory Credit: Photo by Jonathan Hordle/REX/Shutterstock (8343355o) Stephen Fry EE BAFTA British Academy Film Awards, Show, Royal Albert Hall, London, UK - 12 Feb 2017
Stephen’s replacement will be announced next week (Picture: PA)

‘What fun it will be to watch BAFTA 2018 without my heart hammering, mouth drying and knees trembling.’

Fry went on to thank ‘all the production staff, Amanda Berry and her wonderful BAFTA colleagues, the BBC and all those who helped make every year so enjoyable’.

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The comedian’s replacement will be announced next Tuesday during the BAFTA nominations ceremony.

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