Stephen Fry was forced out of the QI chair because of BBC budget cuts, according to panelist Alan Davies.
“For budget reasons, they ended up making him do three shows in 24 hours,” Davies told The Mail On Sunday’s Event magazine. “Sometimes he’d go upstairs and have a vodka and tonic and a lie down then come back and say, ‘I don’t want to do this.’
“I sympathise, because I felt exactly the same way. It’s not fair.
“It’s absolutely right he’s stepped down. He didn’t want to do it any more.”
Last December Fry announced, “I’m leaving QI really because I think 13 years is enough. 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.”
Davies said he also offered to leave QI at the same time as Fry “if they wanted a total clearout”– but the BBC declined.
Episodes with Sandi Toksvig as host began screening in the UK in October.