Paxman bows out with 12 answer joke from Howard

Jeremy Paxman bowed out of Newsnight after 25 years with a parting joke, bringing his sardonic style to a spoof presenting the weather.

His final show saw Boris Johnson become the last person to face the veteran broadcaster's abrasive interviewing technique, but the London mayor had only warm words to say about him.

As he signed off the BBC2 programme for the final time last night, Paxman told viewers: "I'll just say thank you for watching Newsnight. I hope you continue to enjoy it. Goodnight and goodbye."

Earlier, Michael Howard appeared on the programme and asked if he would like to repeat a question 12 times, as he famously did over claims the former Home Secretary "threatened to overrule" a director over the possible sacking of a prison governor.

Paxman ended the programme with a weather forecast saying: "And tomorrow's weather - more of the same. I don't know why they make such a fuss about it."