Jeremy Paxman’s Doctor Noticed Presenter’s Parkinson’s Disease in College Challenge

Jeremy Paxman’s doctor diagnosed him with Parkinson’s disease after noticing that he was less “vivid” on the University Challenge, the veteran broadcaster has revealed.

He, a former Newsnight host, said the diagnosis was made while he was in hospital after collapsing while walking his dog.

One of the doctors said he had noticed that the 72-year-old’s face had acquired a “mask of Parkinson’s disease”.

It’s not blue at allJeremy Paxman on his Parkinson’s diagnosis

Paxman said of the diagnosis: “Well, it’s not surprising at all.

“I was walking in the square across the street. There’s ice all around and I have the dog with me – the dog is leading.

“The first thing I know is when someone is sitting me on a couch. I fell and I made a terrible mess of my face.

“I went straight down to my tricycle, as you can see, it’s not small. Cuts everywhere. I really am a mess. And when I was at A&E, a doctor came in and said, ‘I think you have Parkinson’s.

“And it turned out that he was watching the University Challenge and noticed that my face had a so-called Parkinson’s Mask.

“I am not as flashy and flashy as usual. I had no idea.”

Parkinson’s disease is a condition in which parts of the brain are gradually damaged over many years, according to the NHS website.


Jeremy Paxman to resign from University competition after 29 years (BBC/PA)

The three main symptoms of this condition are involuntary shaking of specific parts of the body, known as tremors, slow movements, and stiff and inflexible muscles.

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It comes after Paxman revealed in August that he would be stepping down as host of the University Challenge show after 29 years in the role.

He said he decided to stop because it would become clear to viewers that there was something “unusual” about him.

“I think I’ve been on the College Challenge for about 29 years, which is a very, very long time — a really long time,” he said.

“I’ve always thought that if you’re scared to make a decision, do it.

“Everyone on the College Challenge has been excellent but I think I should stop doing it. I would be sad to give it up, but no one is indispensable.

Obviously there’s something funny about meJeremy Paxman

“Obviously there is something funny about me – and I mean unusual, not funny. So I don’t want to spoil it for them.”

However, Paxman will not leave the British screen.

He’s set to present a one-off special on ITV about his diagnosis.

– Paxman: Putting Up With Parkinson will be broadcast at 9pm on Tuesday, October 4th on ITV and will also be available on ITV Hub. Jeremy Paxman’s Doctor Noticed Presenter’s Parkinson’s Disease in College Challenge

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