Jeremy Paxman has called TV channels "pathetic" over the way they dealt with the much-discussed leaders' debate.
“I thought the broadcasters behaved in a pathetic high-handed fashion," the journalist said. "There is something completely stupid about the suggestion that they are integral to the constitution, which of course we don’t have.
“It seems to have been a complete shambles," Paxman told an audience at Advertising Week Europe.
Cameron's initial decision to not join in the debate led to a discussion of whether an empty chair should be left in his place, which Paxman believes would be wrong.
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."
"All broadcasting exists by issuing invitations to people and if they accept the invitation you can make the show. If they don’t accept the invitation, you have to think of something else."
Paxman added that debates with several parties could be unhelpful. "Sometimes you can get a lot further in a straight one-to-one interview than you can in a debate. Often you get a lot of point scoring," he said, "which is not terribly helpful."
For those who were irritated by "I agree with Nick" from 2010's debates - when Cameron and Gordon Brown scrabbled to claim Clegg's middle ground - this should be particularly relevant.
The self-professed "one-nation Tory" said that he didn't think his political bias would present any problems while carrying out the interviews. "I hope not," he said when asked. "I just don’t think it’s got anything to do with it."Reuse content