John Humphrys steps down from Mastermind after hosting BBC show for 18 years

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Mastermind stalwart John Humphrys will step down from hosting duties in March this year after announcing his departure from the BBC show in his Daily Mail column. The presenter began his hosting stint in 2003 but the 77-year-old has decided now is the right time for someone else to take on the role. 

John admitted he didn’t know who his successor would be but hinted at the possibility of a female host joining the show. 

Writing in his column he said: “When the present series comes to an end in March there will be someone else in the chair. 

“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?”

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