Sandi Toksvig replaces Stephen Fry as host of QI
Stephen Fry has announced that he is stepping down as the host of BBC Two panel show QI and will be replaced by Sandi Toksvig.
Fry has chaired the panel show since it began 13 years ago, but will leave the show at the end of its next series. Alan Davies will remain as a resident panelist.
Speaking about his departure, 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."
Toksvig announced her arrival on Twitter and described the show as her "dream job", tweeting:
And today's quite interesting news is that I've been announced as the new presenter of Qi. My dream telly job and I have huge shoes to fill— Sandi Toksvig (@sanditoksvig) October 14, 2015
Speaking about Fry's departure and Toksvig's arrival, the show's creator John Lloyd said: "Though we are all very sad he's decided to move on, I am confident that we have found the perfect person to occupy his gigantic shoes. Sandi will be the first female host of a mainstream comedy panel show on British television - an appointment that is well overdue."