Stephen Fry to replace Jonathan Ross as Bafta film awards host

Fry steps back into BBC role after Ross’s move to ITV

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Stephen Fry will host next year’s film Baftas awards night on BBC1, taking over from Jonathan Ross, who moved to ITV following last year’s Sachsgate scandal.

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Fry, who fronted the event between 2001 and 2006 before being succeeded by Ross, said he’d had “a marvellous time” doing it and claimed the prestige and global recognition garnered by the Baftas should not be underestimated.

“Hard as it may be for some characteristically sceptical Britons to believe, the Baftas have real kudos, reputation and cachet all over the world of filmmaking and I, old as I am, never cease to be shamelessly glamorised by the sight of so many legendary names who come every year as nominees and presenters.

“The adorable Jonathan Ross has done a magnificent job since I last hung up my bow-tie and boxed my patent leather pumps, and I am honoured and pleased to return to the lectern and host what I am sure will be an evening of squeals, surreally weird acceptance speeches and genuinely exciting surprises and pleasures.”

Ross wished Fry good luck, saying he had “thoroughly enjoyed” hosting the awards.

The British Academy Film Awards is the biggest event in the UK film calendar and is often seen as an indicator of the results of the Oscars.

Like the Oscars, this year’s ceremony was dominated by The King’s Speech, which scooped seven awards.

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The ceremony will be broadcast on Sunday 12 February 2012 on BBC1.