If you follow UK entertainment news like I do, you may have heard the announcement earlier in the week that Stephen Fry has resigned his position as quizmaster extraordinaire on the comedy panel show QI. Mr. Fry’s final series is in the can and set to premiere this weekend in the UK. In fact, his replacement has already been announced – the formidable writer, presenter, activist and comedy panel show staple, Sandi Toksvig.
Of his tenure on this beloved and critically acclaimed program and his decision to depart, Fry said, "For thirteen 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. 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."
If you hadn’t heard about Fry’s exit from the show, that’s understandable. I don’t really have much of a life. If you aren’t familiar with QI, you can see what it’s all about for yourself. Series 1-4 can be streamed on Acorn TV and series 9-11 on Hulu Plus. Also there are loads of clips on YouTube that give you a very good feel for the tone and structure of the show.
However, if you aren’t familiar with all the varied talents Mr. Fry possesses which make him a British national treasure, you and I need to have a talk…