Jeremy Paxman seen with walking stick weeks after breaking ribs in horror fall

Jeremy Paxman has been seen using a walking stick while travelling to work, aiding his journey weeks after breaking his ribs in a fall.

The University Challenge host, 70, explained he'd suffered broken ribs after tripping over his pet dog earlier this year, leaving him with a bloodied nose.

This week, Jeremy could be seen travelling to film studios in Manchester, wearing a pair of shorts and sandals in the spring sunshine.

With a book in one hand – The Searcher, by Tana French – he held a walking stick in the other, exiting a car before passing through the revolving doors of the building.

The veteran presenter wore a face mask and had a pair of spectacles propped up on his nose.

Jeremy opened up about the nasty fall during an interview with the Express at the beginning of the month, explaining he had "no recollection" of falling.

Leading to several broken ribs, Jeremy "blacked out beforehand or did so when my nose hit the ground".

He said: "There was certainly a lot of blood afterwards."

The TV host wondered whether his dog Derek, who is a spaniel-Dalmation cross, had been distracted by a squirrel and "jerked on his lead," prompting the fall.

Former Newsnight star Jeremy admitted the incident made him reflect on his age, suggesting "having a fall" is something that happens later in life.

"To my mind, a life well-lived involves minimum contact with the emergency services," he said, adding: "But it's inescapable when you get older."

Jeremy, who prefers to keep his private life out of the spotlight, has three grown-up children with his ex-partner Elizabeth Ann Clough.

During a chat on the Walking The Dog podcast by Times Radio, Jeremy revealed he likes to walk Derek three times a day, with the dog bringing a smile to his face.

"He's a sweet dog. I love him desperately," he told presenter Emily Dean. "He looks like a spaniel. He was born in Battersea Dogs Home and I love him. He's been the perfect dog."

Jeremy found Derek at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home in South London, where rescued pets can find loving new owners.

The acclaimed presenter also said Derek helped him to deal with his mental health, revealing the dog “makes me more benign”.

Referring to depression, he said: "Sometimes it gets you. Whatever stage in life you’re at, it gets you.

"It would be very easy for me to let it get me now, because I'm 70 and what’s to come is a lot shorter than what went before – and a lot less interesting.”

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