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Jeremy Paxman leaves University Challenge after 28 years amid Parkinson's battle

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Jeremy Paxman has stepped down from University Challenge after almost three decades at the helm.The presenter, 72, has presented the BBC show for 28 years, since 1994.The journalist will film his last episode this autumn and his final series will air on BBC Two and BBC iplayer from Monday, August 29 until next summer.Announcing his departure from the show on Tuesday, Jeremy praised his 'amazing team' and told fans he that he has high hopes for the future.“I’ve had a blast hosting this wonderful series for nearly 29 years," he penned."I’ve been lucky enough to work with an amazing team and to meet some of the swottier brains in the country.

It gives me hope for the future.”Addressing Jeremy's departure from the long-running show, BBC’s Director of Unscripted, Kate Phillips, said: “Since the BBC revived University Challenge in 1994 Jeremy has been at the front and centre of the show’s success and is without doubt one of the world’s finest, and most formidable quizmasters."We are hugely grateful to Jeremy for his dedication to the programme for an incredible 28 years, he will be much missed by us all and the show’s millions of viewers.”Peter Gwyn, Executive Producer of University Challenge, also said: "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."In June 2014, Paxman left BBC current affairs programme Newsnight after 25 years as its presenter.He revealed in May 2021 that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.In a statement to the PA

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