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Sandi Toksvig puts politics to one side for QI role

Earlier this year Sandi Toksvig stepped down from her role on Radio 4’s The News Quiz to launch a career in politics as part of the newly-formed Women’s Equality Party. Speaking about her decision to leave the BBC for politics, the presenter-turned-politician said that she had had enough of making jokes about politicians and instead wanted to participate in politics, with the aim to field party candidates in the 2020 election:

‘I have made jokes over and over again about politics and, do you know, this election I’ve had enough, and I have decided that instead of making jokes about it, I need to participate. So I am involved in the founding of a new political party. It’s called the Women’s Equality party. It is a fantastic group of women – and indeed men – who have decided that enough is enough and we need to make some changes.’

Well six months on and it appears that Toksvig has had her fill when it comes to participating. Despite quitting her radio commitments earlier this year in order to enter the political fray, Toksvig is now returning to the BBC to take over from Stephen Fry as the host of QI, the quiz show.

The last time Mr S saw Toksvig talking about her new political career as the co-founder of the Women’s Equality Party was at the Hay festival where she criticised the Tories before making a Hitler jibe about Ukip’s Nigel Farage, making fun of the fact he is a cancer survivor:

‘Farage kept having pictures of him defaced with Hitler moustaches. I mean he’s not really like Hitler. Okay, he has a German wife, he hates foreigners, he only has one testicle and he was defeated.’

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