Sandi Toksvig replaces Stephen Fry as QI host

Stephen Fry is to step down as the host of BBC Two comedy quiz show QI after 13 years.

The presenter said it was “one of the best jobs on television” but felt “it was time to move on”.

Sandi Toksvig

He will be replaced by Sandi Toksvig, who called it her “dream job”. She stood down as chair of BBC Radio Four’s The News Quiz earlier this year after a 10-year run.

Alan Davies will remain as resident panellist.

Fry was originally signed to be a team captain opposite Alan Davies, but he agreed to host the show as a last minute replacement for Michael Palin “just for the pilot”.

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Fry said: “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.”

The series covers topics under one letter each series and Fry said “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”.

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