It was Jeremy versus Jerry on the exploitation of poor people on Wednesday's Newsnight, with Springer sparring over whether journalism is a more shameful career than him presenting his knockabout shows.
"Your show has no significance, why do the people come on?" snarled Paxo.
"Because for once in their life people will listen to them," cracked back Springer.
"That's bloody tragic," Paxman growled.
"If you think wealthy, powerful people have cornered the market on virtue, you're wrong," snapped the American.