We can’t quite believe we’re about to say this, but the presenter has revealed that one key aspect of the show is actually totally fake.
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His laptop - y’know, the trusty one that’s on his desk in every, single episode - has never been switched on.
“It’s just there to make me look clever, I guess,” Richard said on Chris Evans’ BBC Radio 2 show on Thursday (22 December). “I’ve never pretended it’s on. I’ve done nearly 1,000 shows and I’ve never looked at it once - so I think I was giving clues all along.”
Speaking to Digital Spy, a spokesperson for the programme’s maker, Endemol, adds: “The computer at Richard’s desk is a TV prop and we have never claimed otherwise.”
They are obviously right, it’s not like anyone pretends it’s on, but that’s not the point.
We always liked to imagine Richard double-checking some facts while the contestants do their thinking, and squeezing in a cheeky game of solitaire on the easy rounds.
That dream has now been shattered. Is there nothing 2016 won’t take away from us?