BBC's Mastermind to get new presenter after 18 years

Chris Edwards
·2-min read
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Photo credit: BBC

From Digital Spy

BBC's Mastermind is set to change presenters for the first time in 18 years, as John Humphrys announces he is leaving the show.

In a column for the Daily Mail, the long-serving presenter revealed that he'll no longer be sat in the chair come the start of the next series.

Admitting it was "time to finish", Humphrys admitted he did not envy his successor, but wished them well.

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Photo credit: BBC

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"When the present series comes to an end in March there will be someone else in the chair," he wrote. "I wish my successor well — but I'm not sure I envy them, whoever 'they' may be. What are the odds on the first female?

"Mastermind is one of those programmes you tinker with at your peril. Allow a contender to choose a light-hearted subject and the cry goes out: 'Dumbing down!' Change the format even slightly and you are 'sexing up'.

"Believe me, it's not just the contestants who are in the spotlight."

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Photo credit: Getty Images

The presenter went on to discuss his near two decades on the quiz show, recounting some of his most memorable contestants over the years.

He finished the column by writing: "I started 18 years ago — a very long time in the ephemeral world of showbiz. Now, after more than 750 shows, it really is time to finish."

Mastermind airs on BBC One.

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