BBC Proms presenter Hannah Waddingham steps down from role in support of strike

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Hannah Waddingham pulled out of presenting The Proms on Monday in solidarity with the ongoing Hollywood actors’ strike.

Ahead of Monday’s Fantasy, Myths and Legends Prom at the Royal Albert Hall, the actress and singer took to Twitter to explain to fans why she wouldn’t be hosting on BBC Radio Three.

“Hey guys, I very sadly won’t be able to host tonight’s @‌bbcproms ‘Fantasy, Myths and Legends,'” the 49-year-old wrote.

She went on: “It will be a magical night, but due to my ongoing support for the @‌sagaftra strike, I must respectfully step down.

“I look forward to being back at @‌RoyalAlbertHall PDQ (pretty darn quickly)! Xx H.”

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Hannah, best known for her performance in the BAFTA-winning series Ted Lasso, last made an appearance at the BBC Proms in 2016.

She also hosted the 2023 Olivier Awards as well as this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

Along with other members of the Ted Lasso cast, Hannah has been vocal in support of both the strike by the US actors union Sag-Aftra and the writers’ union, the WGA (Writers Guild of America).

WGA members went on strike back in May and were joined by Sag-Aftra in July.

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The protest has impacted several events and productions.

Responding to her tweet, many were quick to support Hannah’s decison.

@LondonTheatre1 responded: “Go with your conscience. Good call,” while Twitter user @Chandramas praised: “Good for you for standing for what’s right!

“The cause is important for the future of the entertainment industry (not the CEO, but all the people involved in that industry) and the actors & writers. Keep fighting! We’ll wait for you to be able to perform again!”

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@Writtenndust penned: “Sad to hear. But fully respect what must be a hard decision and fully support you.”

“Solidarity! I hope the strike is resolved, and soon!” @rentagoodbook replied.

@greyspostit added: “Oh so sad to hear this. Was looking forward to listening to your beautiful voice. But you’ve got my full support on that strike lady. It’s for a greater good.”

@2bluetulips shared: “So much respect! We understand, support, and love you tremendously!”

@eastendtwit admitted: “Fully respect your decision, but I was so looking forward to this. Hope the strike sees eventual results. I’ll just watch an episode of T Lasso instead.”

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