Fiona Bruce favourite to beat other BBC stars as Paxman's University Challenge replacement

When the news of his retirement was first announced, mathematician and broadcaster Seagull, who found fame on the show in 2017, said he is “sad” to see Paxman leave the role.

He commented on BBC Radio 4’s World At One: “I’m, like many other fans, sad to see the end of the time of the great and formidable Jeremy Paxman.

“He has just become an institution. For many quiz fans every Monday night we have a routine, the pinnacle of the quiz night is University Challenge, Paxman since 1994 has been the centrepiece of that.”

Elsewhere, House of Games host Richard Osman, 51, wrote on Twitter: “Two hosts in 50 years. Both of them brilliant.”

University Challenge is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

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