Jeremy Paxman stepping down as BBC University Challenge host: full statement - when is last episode

The Leeds-born presenter will bring an end to 28 years of hosting the BBC Two show.
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Jeremy Paxman  has announced he is  stepping down from his role as host of University Challenge, the BBC has confirmed.

The 72-year-old, originally from Leeds, ends his lengthy 28-year spell of presenting the popular quiz show, having held the role since debuting in 1994.

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Mr Paxman is set to film his final episode of University Challenge towards the end of this year.

Peter Gwyn, who is the Executive Producer of University Challenge, posted the following reaction: “Jeremy has been our presenter, colleague and friend for twenty-eight years, and everyone on the University Challenge production team will miss him greatly."

"He’ll be sorely missed too by both our audience and by the generations of students who’ve relished the chance to pit themselves against him in more than a thousand matches."

Why has Jeremy Paxman left University Challenge?

The exact reason as to why Paxman  has left his post as host of University Challenge has not been confirmed  however he revealed in May 2021 that he had been diagnosed and was being treated for Parkinson’s disease.

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When will Jeremy Paxman’s last episode of hosting University Challenge air?

Mr Paxman is scheduled to film the final episode of hosting University Challenge in autumn 2022.

The presenter’s last ever series will air on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer from Monday, 29 August through to next summer.

Who will replace Jeremy Paxman as host of BBC’s University Challenge?

The BBC has  confirmed that the programme’s new presenter will be revealed later this week.