Richard Osman is leaving Pointless after 13 years

Richard Osman is stepping down from Pointless after nearly 13 years on the show, the BBC has announced.

he presenter and novelist, 51, has co-hosted the BBC One game show with Alexander Armstrong since its debut in 2009.

He will continue to host Pointless Celebrities as well as his BBC Two show Richard Osman’s House of Games.


Alexander Armstrong (Joe Giddens/PA)

In a statement released by the BBC, Osman said: “From start to finish, Pointless has been a pleasure to work alongside my friend Alexander Armstrong, supported by the most wonderful team and for the best viewers in the world.

“I will miss everyone so much but I am thrilled that I will still be hosting the celebrity shows.

“I can’t thank everyone enough for 12 amazing years.”

In a tweet, Osman said he was leaving the program “to focus on writing,” and expressed excitement at being able to watch the show “as a viewer.”

He added: “Will miss the entire team, especially the incomparable @XanderArmstrong.

“Thank you to all viewers, it has truly been a dream and I know the show will only keep going from strength to strength.”

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Osman has filmed more than 1,300 episodes and almost 30 series.

Armstrong added: “Losing daytime television is gaining international crime bestsellers.

“I say that as if it were a consolation – I’m going to miss the big man next to me Monday through Friday.

“But at least I can still get him on weekends – and weekdays if you’re watching Challenge.”

Osman’s debut novel The Thursday Murder Club was published in September 2020 and became a bestseller.

The worldwide film rights were later bought by Steven Spielberg’s production company Amblin Entertainment.

A sequel, The Man Who Died Twice, was released in September.

Tamara Gilder, creative director for producer Remarkable Entertainment, said, “Richard is a huge part of Pointless and his contribution to the show’s success is immeasurable.

“We will be sad not to have him on the Daytime series, but we are very happy that he will still be part of the Pointless family, presenting our celebrity specials and continuing to host House of Games.”

Carla-Maria Lawson, Head of Daytime and Early Peak at the BBC, said: “While we will miss his wonderful wit and charm on the daytime series, we’re delighted that Richard will continue to rip and riff with celebrities on the evening programs as well He also continues to direct Richard Osman’s House of Games for BBC Two.”

In Pointless, members of the public compete for a cash prize by finding correct but obscure answers to four sets of general knowledge questions.

Osman was not originally intended to be Armstrong’s co-host, but after taking on the role as part of a demonstration planned for the BBC, executives asked him to continue with the first series.

The program switched from BBC Two to BBC One after two successful years. Richard Osman is leaving Pointless after 13 years

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