Jeremy Paxman has stepped down as host of the University Challenge after 28 years, the BBC has announced.
He’s been on the quiz show since 1994 and is set to film the final episode in the autumn, with the show’s final series to air on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer from 29 August to summer 2023.
The 72-year-old journalist and broadcaster said:
Jeremy Paxman Retires from University Challenge After 28 Incredible Years
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“I’ve been lucky enough to work with an amazing team and meet some of the brightest minds in the country. It gives me hope for the future.”
This year, the BBC hit show celebrates its 60th anniversary as Britain’s longest-running quiz show.
BBC Unscripted Director Kate Phillips said:
“We are so grateful to Jeremy for his incredible 28 years of dedication to the show. He will be greatly missed by all of us and the show’s millions of viewers.” .”
New presenters for the program will be announced later this week, the company said.
Paxman revealed he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in May 2021.