New Mastermind host confirmed as Clive Myrie after John Humphrys quit

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Clive Myrie has been confirmed as the new host of Mastermind after John Humphrys decided to step down.

John, 77, had been host of the BBC quiz show for a whopping 18 years, but decided to step down just one year before Mastermind celebrated its 50th anniversary.

Clive, 56, is best known as a BBC news presenter, appearing on BBC News at Six and Ten since 2010, as well as on the BBC News Channel.

Speaking of his new job, he said: "What a privilege it is to take on this new role.

"Mastermind with Magnus Magnusson formed the backdrop to my youth, and now to be at the helm is a dream come true.

"I'm excited and can't wait to get stuck in."

Clive is the fifth host of the show, following Magnus Magnusson, Peter Snow, Clive Anderson and John Humphrys.

John's final episode will air in the coming weeks, after he announced his exit in February.

He said in his newspaper column: "When the present series comes to an end in March there will be someone else in the chair.

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"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."

BBC's Director of Entertainment Kate Phillipas said: "Clive will be a superb host, witty, wise and with a wicked sense of humour, he's a consummate interrogator who also understands the fear involved when facing a barrage of questions in the spotlight."

And Jimmy Mulville at at Hat Trick Productions and Hindsight Productions' David Young said: "Clive was always at the top of our list to step into the host's shoes, and we couldn't be more thrilled that he is going to lead us into a new era of this iconic show."

The new series of the show will start filming in Belfast this July, before it airs later on in the year.

Mastermind airs on BBC One

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