University Challenge viewers break down in tears as Jeremy Paxman signs off from show after 30 years | The Sun

JEREMY Paxman left viewers emotional as he finally waved goodbye and signed off from University Challenge for good.

The 73 year old presented his final edition of the BBC Two quiz show after remaining at its host for just under 30 years.

Legendary broadcaster Jeremy joined the programme in 1994 but confirmed he would be stepping down due to his ailing health after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease a few years ago.

He opted for a low-key exit as he thanked viewers for watching and admitted he was looking forward to carry on seeing all the quizzing action from home.

During his simple speech, the star said: "It remains for me to thank Jung Chang for presenting the trophy, all the teams who have entertained us over the past months, and you for watching."

He continued: "University Challenge returns later in the year and I look forward to watching it with you. So it’s goodnight for me. Goodnight."

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It was Bristol and Durham who faced off during Jeremy's last episode with Durham proving successful and managing to take home the crown.

Fans of the show were left overcome with emotion as they showered Jeremy with praise as they marked his departure after 30 years.

Writing online, one fan said: "What an elegant no nonsense farewell to University Challenge by Jeremy Paxman. He'll probably snort but I found it rather moving…"

Another added: "It was the end of an era, such an understated goodbye."

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A third wrote: "Thank you Jeremy for 29 absolutely superbly stellar years in the #UniversityChallenge chair."

As a fourth added a message alongside sobbing emoji's as the fan appeared to break down in tears as they said: "#UniversityChallenge won't be the same without Jeremy Paxman."

Amol Rajan will take over from the star when the show returns for a brand new run later this year.

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