Today national treasure Stephen Fry announced he would be stepping down as host of the brilliant QI after series ‘M’, which begins this Friday (16th October) on BBC Two at 10pm.
Stephen Fry said of his time on the show, “For 13 years I had one of the best jobs on television. Behind the camera, squadrons of quite extraordinarily brilliant researchers, programme-makers and uniquely curious (in both senses of the word) people making that job so much easier. In front of the camera, generations of lively minds and above all, of course, the wonder of nature that is Alan Davies. After passing the alphabetical halfway mark I thought it time to move on, but I will never cease to be grateful to John Lloyd for devising QI and for everyone else for making it such fun.”
Stephen has competed an epic 180 episodes of the show, which isn’t bad considering he was only ever supposed to be a ‘fill in’ host for the pilot after original choice Michael Palin couldn’t make the recording.
Whilst we’ll dearly miss Stephen, his replacement is the equally lovely and wonderful Sandi Toksvig. She said of the appointment “QI is my favourite television programme both to watch and to be on, so this is absolutely my dream job. (My Nordic background also makes me keen to spend time with the Elves.) Stephen has been utterly brilliant with the first half of the alphabet. Now I look forward to picking up the baton, mixing my metaphors and sailing towards the Land of Nod (ie Z). Who knows what lies ahead? It should all be quite interesting.”
Alan Davies will continue as QI’s resident idiot… i mean… panellist ;)