JEREMY Paxman is stepping down from University Challenge after 28 incredible years.
Jeremy, 72, who has presented the show since 1994, will film his last episode this autumn and his final series will air on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer from Monday August 29 through to summer 2023.
Jeremy said: “I’ve had a blast hosting this wonderful series for nearly 29 years.
"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.”
Kate Phillips, BBC’s Director of Unscripted, added: “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.”
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Peter Gwyn, Executive Producer of University Challenge, 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."
Jeremy's decision to step down from hosting University Challenge comes a year after he revealed he was receiving treatment for Parkinson's disease.
Earlier this month, it was revealed that the star will open up about the condition in a new ITV documentary.
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The one-hour special TV event will be called Paxman: Putting Up With Parkinson's.
"For the very first time, Jeremy Paxman will allow cameras into his life as he reflects on how Parkinson's is impacting him," ITV said in a statement.
Along with examining the affects of Parkinson's on his life, Jeremy will also speak with Parkinson’s UK, Jane Asher, try an English National Ballet therapy dance class, learn to play bowls and observe a brain dissection.
Meanwhile, this year University Challenge celebrates 60 years of being Britain’s longest running quiz show.
A special documentary will air on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer on MondayAugust 29 at 9pm.
A new presenter will be announced later this week.
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