Richard Osman Quits As Pointless Co-Host After Nearly 13 Years

The presenter has appeared on the hit BBC quiz show alongside Alexander Armstrong since 2009.
Richard Osman
Richard Osman

Richard Osman is quitting his role on Pointless after nearly 13 years.

The presenter and novelist has co-hosted the BBC quiz show with university friend Alexander Armstrong since its debut in 2009.

After filming more than 1,300 episodes and nearly 30 series, he will be leaving the show but will continue to appear on the celebrity specials.

Guest presenters will take Richard’s seat, with details of their identities yet to be announced.

Richard said in a statement: “Pointless has been a joy from start to finish, working alongside my friend Alexander Armstrong, backed by the most wonderful team, and for the best viewers in the world.

“I will miss everyone so much, but I’m thrilled that I’ll still be presenting the celebrity shows. I can’t thank everyone enough for twelve amazing years.”

Richard with Pointless co-host Alexander Armstrong
Richard with Pointless co-host Alexander Armstrong
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In recent years, Richard has explored different avenues away from Pointless, releasing his debut novel, The Thursday Murder Club, in September 2020, which became a bestseller.

It is set to be turned into a film after the right’s were purchased by Steven Spielberg’s production company Amblin Entertainment.

Richard also fronts his own gameshow for BBC Two, Richard Osman’s House of Games.

Having started out in TV as a producer, Richard worked on Deal Or No Deal before appearing on the other side of the camera in Pointless.

He was not originally intended to be Alexander’s co-presenter, but after filling the role as part of a demonstration laid on for the BBC, executives asked him to continue for the first series, and he has been there ever since.


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