Why Is Richard Osman Leaving BBC's Pointless After 13 years?
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Why Is Richard Osman Leaving BBC's Pointless After 13 years?

Rachael Grealish April 9, 2022

After 13 years on the BBC One series Richard Osman is leaving the hit show Pointless, but we all want to know why?

According to The Sun the 51-year-old presenter is quitting the show after 30 series’ and having filmed over 1,300 episodes.

What is BBC’s Pointless?

Pointless first hit the screens of BBC Two back in 2009 – with celebrity specials being introduced two years later in 2011. In each episode of the series four teams of two contestants attempt to find correct but obscure answers to four rounds of general knowledge questions, with the winning team eligible to compete for the show’s cash jackpot.

All questions used on the show are factual in nature, and are asked of a panel of 100 individuals in a pre-conducted public survey.

Basically, contestants must try to score as few points as possible by getting the ‘pointless’ answer – pointless because no one would know it, or very few people.

It’s been presented by Osman, alongside co-host Alexander Armstrong, since the show’s beginning.

Why is Osman leaving Pointless?

In a series of Tweet Osman confirmed he was leaving the show but would still be presenting on his ‘celebrity shows’ and thanked people for their support.

He gave a emotional message to his co-host, Armstrong, saying: ‘Will miss the whole team, especially the incomparable @XanderArmstrong, Thank you to everyone who watches, it really has been a dream, and I know the show will continue to go from strength to strength.’

According to The Sun Osman is leaving ‘to focus on his hugely successful writing career, which has seen him become a best-selling author’.

A BBC source told the publication: ‘Quiz fans and housewives all over the country will be gutted by this news. Richard has become a staple of the daytime schedule but sadly all good things must come to an end.

‘Richard has loved every second of doing the show alongside Xander but he really wants to give his all to his writing career which has been an enormous success.

‘His departure is completely amicable but he just does not have enough hours in the day to do everything so sadly something had to give.

‘His literary career is going from strength to strength so he’s having to be slightly more choosy with what he does TV-wise.’

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Rachael is the Senior Content Editor at Freshered. She is NCTJ qualified with an MA in journalism. Rachael has almost ten years experience as a journalist in regional, national and international press and is passionate about creating engaging content.