Lenny Henry QUITS Comic Relief: Comedian, 65, announces he’s stepping down as host of the Red Nose Day telethon after 39 YEARS

Lenny Henry QUITS Comic Relief: Comedian, 65, announces he’s stepping down as host of the Red Nose Day telethon after 39 YEARS

Lenny Henry has revealed he is stepping down as host of the Comedian Reduction telethon after this 12 months’s particular.

The comedian, 65, who co-founded the charity alongside Richard Curtis, has co-hosted each single incarnation of the Pink Nostril Day particular since its inception as a charity in 1985, however has confirmed 2024 shall be his final.

After 36 years on the helm, Lenny stated that he is determined it is time for brand spanking new names to take the presenter reins, whereas he continues to help Comedian Reduction and Pink Nostril Day on different initiatives all year long. 

He stated: ‘After we first began Comedian Reduction again in 1985, I by no means dreamed we might nonetheless be right here as we speak. I assumed we might most likely do three reveals and that will be it, however fast-forward almost 40 years, and that enthusiasm and dedication to step up and assist others has by no means wavered.

‘As Life President of Comedian Reduction, I am excited to see some new and acquainted faces come ahead now to current the massive evening and lead us into the following chapter.’

Lenny Henry has revealed he is stepping down as host of the Comedian Reduction telethon after this 12 months’s particular

The comic, 65, who co-founded the charity alongside Richard Curtis , has co-hosted every single incarnation of the Red Nose Day special since its inception in 1985 (pictured in 1986)

The comedian, 65, who co-founded the charity alongside Richard Curtis , has co-hosted each single incarnation of the Pink Nostril Day particular since its inception in 1985 (pictured in 1986) 

‘Proper now, we all know there’s a cost-of-living disaster and persons are struggling, lots of people are struggling right here and world wide.

‘However we additionally know that the British public are sensible – you are so form and beneficiant, if someone has an issue, you at all times wish to assist out. 

‘With out you, we could not do what we do. I would love nothing greater than should you joined me in getting concerned this 12 months. 

‘Let’s make it one to recollect and present that having fun can truly make a world of distinction. 

‘Do one thing humorous for cash, be a part of me at The London Palladium, put on your Pink Nostril with full and utter delight – no matter you do, thanks! Let’s go!’

Charlotte Moore, BBC’s Chief Content material Officer, stated: ‘Sir Lenny Henry has been the face of Comedian Reduction for almost 4 a long time and I wish to personally thank him for his unimaginable contribution, the way in which by which he has entertained and impressed the nation on the BBC can’t be overstated. 

‘Lenny’s dedication has been awe-inspiring, he has been instrumental to its enduring attraction and shone a light-weight on so many worthwhile causes utilizing the facility of comedy and laughter to lift tens of millions of kilos. 

‘This 12 months’s Pink Nostril Day shall be his final on display but it surely guarantees to be additional particular as we take the chance to mark his outstanding achievements on the evening.’

Ahead of this year's telethon, which takes place on Friday, March 15, Lenny has already drafted in a slew of celebrity pals for an online sketch

Forward of this 12 months’s telethon, which takes place on Friday, March 15, Lenny has already drafted in a slew of celeb buddies for a web-based sketch 

In the exclusive online sketch, Comic Relief co-founder, Lenny, picks up the phone to some of his famous friends to find out how they are going to do their bit to raise money

Within the unique on-line sketch, Comedian Reduction co-founder, Lenny, picks up the telephone to a few of his well-known buddies to learn how they will do their bit to lift cash

To have fun and say thanks to Sir Lenny, a number of the nation’s favorite comedians will take to the stage for a wild and great one-off night of dwell comedy, Comedian Reduction – Dwell at The London Palladium, on Monday 26 February.

In homage to how Comedian Reduction started 39 years in the past, the evening of continuous laughter will see Aisling Bea, Fatiha El-Ghorri, Joel Dommett, Mawaan Rizwan, Rosie Jones and Sara Pascoe unite with Sir Lenny to lift the roof and all-important cash for Pink Nostril Day. 

Lenny hosted the primary ever Pink Nostril Day telethon again in 1986, which raised a staggering £15 million.

Over 30 million folks tune in to observe Blackadder – the Cavalier Years and the Younger Ones on College Problem. 

Forward of this 12 months’s telethon, which takes place on Friday, March 15, Lenny has already drafted in a slew of celeb buddies for a web-based sketch.

Davina McCall, Alison Hammond and Simon Cowell had been among the many stars Lenny had on velocity dial to request their assist for the annual comedy fundraiser.

Lenny is first seen brainstorming on a whiteboard as he lists concepts resembling a bake sale, head shave, fancy gown and a One Route reunion as potential choices for this 12 months’s occasion. 

Roping in a bit of assist from his buddies, Lenny dials TV presenter Alison’s quantity, who declares that she is able to be a ‘hun-ny for cash’, and has a great deal of concepts as a result of she is an ‘iconic hun’ – nevertheless it seems she has made a gaffe.

Lenny corrects her that the temporary is definitely to do one thing ‘humorous for cash’, as Alison, 48, admits she should have missed the memo.

In the meantime, Davina admits she ‘cannot hold snogging folks on the present’ to lift cash, however reveals she would make an exception for Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.

Throughout his chat with Simon, the music mogul says: ‘I’ve bought it! I will hearken to Amanda Holden’s covers album for per week, continuous.’

When Lenny queries: ‘What’s that bought to do with elevating cash?’ , Simon quips: ‘Properly, it’s undoubtedly one thing humorous.’

Different stars prepared to get entangled embody Bridgerton star Jonathan Bailey, who requested Lenny if he wished to affix his 24-hour singathon.

In the meantime, radio presenter Nick Grimshaw floated the concept of a sponsored silence whereas internet hosting his podcast, which obtained crickets as a response.

When he rang Gemma Collins, she was extra concerned about discovering out how he had obtained her quantity, earlier than reluctantly providing to host a bake sale.

Appearing royalty Dame Joan Collins goes to new heights for Pink Nostril Day by taking over a sponsored skydive. 

The brand new sketch will be seen on YouTube and hopes to encourage folks throughout the nation to do one thing humorous for cash this Pink Nostril Day and assist unfold pleasure.

Tickets for Comedian Reduction – Dwell at The London Palladium can be found now from LW Theatres and Ticketmaster. 

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