Paxman apologises after swearing on Newsnight

BBC journalist Jeremy Paxman apologised last night after swearing during Newsnight.

The broadcaster read a direct quote from Andrew Rawnsley’s book on the inner workings of New Labour – The End of the Party – which said: “(Gordon) Brown went berserk with Bob Shrum. ‘How could you do this to me, Bob?’ Brown screamed at a shaking Shrum. ‘How could you fucking do this to me?'”

A few minutes later Paxman apologised to viewers for his use of the word.

He said: “Apparently I’m told by our editor I have to apologise for quoting what you said the Prime Minister said and using the f word there. So honour satisfied now.”

A BBC spokesman said: “During a post watershed interview with Andrew Rawnsley, Jeremy read a direct quote from his book which contained an expletive. He apologised immediately to anyone that may have found it offensive.”

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