Paxman has decided he doesn’t want his studio, which is shared with the BBC Breakfast show, to be adorned with any festive decorations.

Breakfast co-presenter Bill Turnbull commented last week on air when talking to Kirstie Allsop, “As soon as we’re off air, it’s [the Christmas tree] whipped out of the way.”

A source has told The Sun: “Jeremy doesn’t want his Newsnight set turned in to Santa’s Grotto. We think it is hilarious and so do the Breakfast crew but that’s Jeremy all over.”

Paxman, famed for his direct and forthright interviewing style, has presented the evening current affairs show for more than 20 years.

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