Jeremy Paxman will step down as host of the University Challenge after 28 years, the BBC has announced.
e has been showing quiz shows since 1994 and will be filming his last episode in the fall, with his final series airing on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer from 29 August to the summer. year 2023.
Journalist and broadcaster, 72 years old, said: “I have had a chance to host this wonderful series for almost 29 years.
“I was lucky enough to work with a great team and meet some of the more amazing brains in the country. It gives me hope for the future.”
This year, the BBC’s hit show celebrates its 60th anniversary as Britain’s longest running quiz show.
Kate Phillips, director of the BBC’s Unscripted programme, said: “Since the BBC revived the University Challenge in 1994, Jeremy has been at the front and center of the show’s success and has certainly been one of the answerers to the question. The world’s best and most formidable puzzle.
“We’re incredibly grateful to Jeremy for his dedication to the show during an incredible 28 years, he will be greatly missed by all of us and the show’s millions of viewers.”
The show’s new host will be announced later this week, the company said.
Paxman revealed in May 2021 that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
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