The BBC's Director General Tony Hall hailed Jeremy Paxman's "rare and dazzling talent" after the presenter announced he was quitting the BBC show Newsnight.
This is a particularly poignant moment for me, because I have known Jeremy and relished working with him, since the day I joined the BBC in 1973. And I am therefore better placed than most to know what a remarkable job he has done at Newsnight.
His is a rare and dazzling talent. He has a unique ability to create moments of real discomfort for politicans and memorable delight for audiences. For that cussed brilliance and much more besides, the BBC and our audiences will always be in his debt.
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Jeremy Paxman may not be perfect, but rumours that he jumped ship from Newsnight before he was pushed seem unlikely.