Six of the best: Jeremy Paxman's most popular Newsnight moments, according to YouTube

Although Russell Brand might disagree with Press Gazette's idea of democracy, we thought the best way to name Jeremy Paxman's best moments on Newsnight would be to use the most viewed clips on YouTube.

Proving that Paxman maintained his popularity with viewers throughout his 25 years, his interview last year with comedian Brand tops the list.

Here are the top seven Paxman moments on Newsnight, according to a YouTube search of "Jeremy Paxman":

How have your newspaper consumption habits changed during the pandemic/lockdown, and do you think this will last?

  • I read more news digitally than in print now, and expect this to continue (48%, 179 Votes)
  • No change (29%, 107 Votes)
  • I read more news in print than digitally now, and expect this to continue (14%, 52 Votes)
  • I read more news digitally than in print now, but do not expect this to continue (6%, 24 Votes)
  • I read more news in print than digitally now, but do not expect this to continue (3%, 10 Votes)

Total Voters: 372

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After crossing swords in this interview last year, Russell Brand tweeted this message on hearing of Paxman's departure from Newsnight:

Paxman's interrogation of Treasury Minister Chloe Smith (skip to 6.18) ended with him asking her: "Do you ever think you are incompetent?"

Coca Cola president James Quincey's Newsnight interview probably couldn't have started with a tougher opening quesiton: "What good does Coca Cola do you physically?"

English Defence League Stephen Lennon, AKA Tommy Robinson, was given a predictably hard time by Paxman. 

As was right-wing US author Ann Coulter, who sarcastically thanked Paxman for his "warm introduction".

Saving the best until last? Away from YouTube, there appears to be a general consensus that Paxman's questioning of Michael Howard in 1997 was his best Newsnight moment. Despite being asked 12 times, the Tory refused to answer the question: "Did you threaten to overrule him [prisons chief Derek Lewis]?"

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