Speaking to the London School of Economics at the Polis Journalism Conference, the BBC political host said that the separate examination of the leaders during the Channel 4 programme was “not a good replacement” for a head-on debate between the pair.
“I thought, I mean... the thing about Jeremy is that he is a genuinely tortured, angry individual - and you get the real Jeremy,” The Times quotes him as saying.
“He looks disdainful and contemptuous and furious with his guests because he by and large is. You can’t fake these things on television.
“But there is a danger for all of us, as it were, in the interviewer’s chair, to forget that we are not the ones standing for election. And I thought Ed Miliband did score [on Thursday] when he said: ‘Jeremy, you’re important, you’re not that important’.”
Marr went on to say he thought viewers would have been “surprised by how well Ed did versus David Cameron”.
Jeremy Paxman's best one-liners
Jeremy Paxman's best one-liners
1/12 On his political allegiance:
"I have to be frank, I suppose I am a one-nation Tory, yes."
2/12 On horse comparisons:
"I've spent my whole life being told I have a face like a horse. You are just what you are, aren't you?"
3/12 On his dream woman:
"I would be very happy to go cycling with Sigourney Weaver."
4/12 On Tony Blair:
"He had a barrister's ability to master a brief. When you have that amazing command of detail and a messianic faith, it makes you slightly dangerous."
5/12 On sneering:
"I hate the word 'sneering', I can't help the way my face looks."
6/12 On fitting in:
"I've always felt myself to be an outsider. I've always felt awkward."
7/12 On beard phobia:
“Unless you’re lucky enough to be Uncle Albert on Only Fools and Horses, Demis Roussos or Abu Hamza, the BBC is generally as pogonophobic as the late-lamented Albanian dictator Enver Hoxha."
8/12 On newsreader Huw Edwards:
"Huw Edwards can come across like some evangelical preacher on a wet Sunday morning in Merthyr Tydfil, and indeed, most of the earnest prophets of news claim merely to be passing on a greater truth."
9/12 On Twitter:
"Twitter? This is an activity for people who have got nothing going on in between their ears, or nothing going on in their lives."
10/12 On English progressiveness:
"The English approach to ideas is not to kill them, but to let them die of neglect."
11/12 On conscientious objectors:
"To be honest extreme conscientious objectors have always struck me as cranks."
12/12 On the problems with Marks & Spencer underwear:
"I have noticed that something very troubling has happened. There's no other way to put this. Their [Marks and Spencer's] pants no longer provide adequate support."
“He wouldn’t have had to be brilliant. He wouldn’t have had to do very well. But there would have been a perception, and that would have started to change things and the dynamic of the campaign.
“And I was sure that’s what Ed Miliband thought as well, which is why he was so desperate for that to take place. David Cameron, ditto, desperate for it not to take place.”
He concluded that he has “never believed” that the correct approach to a political interview would be to treat the interviewee like a “scoundrel” or a “liar”.
“We don’t have to be this kind of really, really aggressive opposition all of the time,” he said.
Last week, Paxman faced a grilling of his own by reporters outside the Sky studios ahead of the election special broadcast. They questioned whether the former Newsnight presenter could truly be considered party neutral, after it emerged he had been approached to run as a Tory MP.Reuse content