By Jack Elsom For Mailonline
Published: 09:03 BST, 1 September 2019 | Updated: 09:03 BST, 1 September 2019
Jeremy Paxman has launched a stinging personal attack on Boris Johnson, branding the Prime Minister a 'clown' who is 'not as clever as he thinks he is'.
The veteran broadcaster, notorious for mauling interviewees, dubbed the Tory leader a 'charlatan' in a wide-ranging rant against Britain's political class.
During Paxman's 26 years on Newsnight, Mr Johnson was a frequent guest and, while the pair sometimes clashed, they appeared to enjoy a good relationship.
In one show, the then Mayor of London and presenter saddled a tandem bike and rode around the capital.
But the BBC's former interrogator-in-chief has now turned his guns on the new premier in the wake of him taking the reigns of government.
Jeremy Paxman (left) has launched a stinging personal attack on Boris Johnson (right), branding the Prime Minister a 'clown' who is 'not as clever as he thinks he is'
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