Stars of the UK quizzing world have paid tribute to Fifteen to One host William G Stewart, following the death of the host and TV producer at the age of 84.
In a statement released to the BBC Stewart’s agents confirmed that he passed away surrounded by family and friends on Thursday morning following a brief illness.
Bake Off and former Fifteen to One reboot host Sandi Toksvig, The Chase’s Anne Hegarty and Paul Sinha and Eggheads star CJ De Mooi were among those sharing kind words for the man who worked on many of the UK’s most famous shows, including Family Fortunes and The Price is Right.
sad news about William Gladstone Stewart. A lovely man, a consummate tv professional and of course, host of 15 to 1 long before I stepped up
— Sandi Toksvig (@sanditoksvig) September 21, 2017
I was on 15-1 in 1990. Superb show and #WilliamGStewart a brilliant host.
— Anne Hegerty (@anne_hegerty) September 21, 2017
RIP to William G Stewart, the perfect host of one of the greatest quiz shows ever.
— Paul Sinha (@paulsinha) September 21, 2017
So sad to hear about William G Stewart's death. A lovely man who kindly encouraged and advised me. I wouldn't have had a career without him.
— CJ de Mooi (@cjdemooi) September 21, 2017
They were joined by voice-over artist and Quizmania presenter Greg Scott, who said Stewart was “so much more than just a quiz host”, and Toksvig’s fellow Fifteen to One reboot host Adam Hills (who presented the celebrity specials).
Just heard of the passing of William G Stewart. So much more than merely a quiz host. A producer & director of huge standing and talent.
— Greg Scott (@GregScottTV) September 21, 2017
Farewell to William G Stewart. Even if I had three feet, I'd never have filled his shoes.
— Adam Hills (@adamhillscomedy) September 21, 2017
The account for Channel 4’s long-running quiz Countdown also shared a message in tribute to “our C4 brother of old”.
Sad to hear the news of our C4 brother of old, William G Stewart.
— Countdown (@C4Countdown) September 21, 2017
Channel 4 said in a statement, “We are saddened to hear the news about William G Stewart, whose inimitable style set 15 to 1 apart from all other quiz shows.
“He was a broadcasting legend and our thoughts are with his friends and family.”