BBC Breakfast hosts Bill Turnbull and Sian Williams revealed yesterday morning that Paxman demands any festive decorations be removed before he presents Newsnight.
Turnbull, 55, is quoted as saying: "As soon as we're off air it's whipped out of the way," while Williams commented: "Jeremy doesn't want a tree in the studio. Bah humbug!"
Meanwhile, a source told The Sun: "Jeremy doesn't want his Newsnight set turned into Santa's grotto. We think it's hilarious, as do the Breakfast crew. But that's Jeremy all over."
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Paxman, 61, has previously demonstrated his authority when rebelling against reading the programme's weather forecast: