Lenny Henry, the host of Comic Relief, will be stepping down from his role after 39 years on and off. The telethon will be aired on BBC in March. This decision was made in order to provide more opportunities for a diverse group of talented individuals.
Henry, the founder of Comic Relief, expressed his surprise at the organization’s longevity. He originally anticipated only doing three shows, but almost four decades later, the passion and drive to make a difference for others remains unwavering.
“As the current president of Comic Relief, I am enthusiastic about the new and familiar individuals stepping forward to host the upcoming event and guide us into the future.”
On Friday, March 15, Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day in 2024 will be aired live from Salford. Beforehand, there will be a live comedy show to honor Sir Lenny. The event, Comic Relief – Live at the London Palladium, will occur on Monday, February 26 and will feature performances by Aisling Bea, Fatiha El-Ghorri, Joel Dommett, Mawaan Rizwan, Rosie Jones, and Sara Pascoe.
Henry stated that currently, there is a crisis regarding the cost of living and many individuals are facing struggles. However, he also acknowledged that the British public is known for their exceptional kindness and generosity. In times of need, they are always willing to offer assistance.
“Let’s create an unforgettable experience and demonstrate how laughter can truly impact the world. Participate in a humorous activity to raise money and join me at the London Palladium. Wear your Red Nose with absolute pride – no matter what you choose to do, I am grateful!”
Last night, the annual Comic Relief event kicked off with a video skit where Henry reached out to various famous individuals to inquire about their plans for raising money. Alison Hammond shared her plans to do something fun for fundraising, citing her status as an iconic figure. Simon Cowell joked about enduring Amanda Holden’s singing, Joan Collins announced her intention to do a sponsored skydive, and Gemma Collins playfully questioned how Henry obtained her contact information.
Additional contributors consist of Nick Grimshaw, Davina McCall, as well as Vogue Williams and Spencer Matthews.
Nick Grimshaw expressed that Red Nose Day holds a special significance to him due to the fond memories he has of it. As a child, he enjoyed watching it on TV and the sense of unity and purpose it brought as everyone came together for a greater cause.
I enjoyed the sense of inclusivity at school, in my neighborhood, and across the country as we all watched the same TV program and made donations.