In transcripts of interviews, conducted by the Pollard review and released by the BBC, Jeremy Paxman tells the inquiry: "You are conducting this in such a ridiculous fashion."
He goes on to say it was "common gossip" that Jimmy Savile like young girls, adding: "But I had no evidence of it, and I never saw anything that made me take it more seriously than it being common gossip."
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