QI presenting legend Stephen Fry has been reflecting on his time as King on the beloved comedy panel show, revealing that he feels “13 years is enough” when deciding to step down from the show. During a BAFTA Productions documentary entitled Stephen Fry: A Life on Screen, Fry spoke openly about his career change, providing a pretty justified argument on why he felt the time was right to leave.
He explained: “It’s been incredibly good fun and I wouldn’t want to feel stale or for it to go sour on me in that sort of way, or for me to feel like I’m treading water or repeating myself.” It was announced in October that actor, presenter and comedian Sandi Toksvig would take over from Fry as show host; which left mixed feelings with fans. However, Fry seems to back Toksvig all the way, revealing “Sandi Toksvig couldn’t be a better choice so I’m very happy for the show to go on without me.”
The hour-long documentary also featured contributions from Hugh Laurie, show creator John Lloyd, Michael Sheen and Alan Davies; where fellow show star Davies revealed that he was “saddened but not surprised” by Fry’s decision to leave. He also suggested that the strict recording schedule could have influenced Fry’s departure: “I felt in recent years it’s been a bit of a squeeze and we have to compact the recordings. We have to do three shows in a 24-hour period each week and it’s pretty tough going.” Catch Stephen Fry: A Life on Screen on BBC iPlayer now in case you missed it.