Jeremy Paxman Outs Himself As A 'Take Me Out' Fan: 'It's A Fantastic Show, I Prefer It To 'TOWIE''

Jeremy Paxman Admits Surprising Guilty Pleasure

Jeremy Paxman has revealed that his taste in entertainment has changed somewhat since he stepped down from presenting ‘Newsnight’.


The TV personality hosted his last ever edition of ‘Newsnight’ last summer, after 25 years at the helm of the current affairs programme, but admits that he doesn’t watch it now he’s no longer the host.

Speaking to Radio Times, he explains: “I don’t see ‘Newsnight’, I’m afraid. My idea of fun is to go to bed at 10.30pm and read a book.”

Jeremy Paxman

However, when he’s not delving into the world of literature, it sounds like Jeremy has a rather unexpected guilty pleasure.

“I have [watched ‘The Only Way Is Essex’]”, he tells the magazine, “I didn’t like it as much as I like ‘Take Me Out’, which I think is a fantastic show.”

'Take Me Out'

Going from interviewing the leading country’s political figures to watching a load of dubious strangers win a holiday to the isle of Fernando’s might not seem like a natural progression, but Jeremy also reveals they aren’t his only guilty pleasures, having also tuned into ‘Made In Chelsea’.

He adds: “I don’t like the people in’ [‘Made In Chelsea’]... that’s probably a reflection on me, rather than them.”

Since Jeremy’s departure from ‘Newsnight’, he’s been replaced by Evan Davis at the helm of the show.

Shortly after stepping down, he had some choice words about the programme, describing it as being “made by 13-year-olds” and claiming: “It’s perfectly normal when you’re young that you want to change the world.

“The older you get, the more you realise what a fools' errand much of that is and that the thing to do is to manage the best you can to the advantage of as many people as possible.”


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