Richard Osman reveals 'non-stop' cheating on Celebrity Pointless

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 16 July 2020
Richard Osman

Richard Osman

'Pointless' host Richard Osman has insisted the celebrity edition of the BBC game show features "non-stop" cheating

Richard Osman insists there is "non-stop" cheating on 'Pointless Celebrities'.

The 49-year-old star – who hosts the popular BBC game show with presenter Alexander Armstrong – claimed "someone like" pop star Sonia tried to secretly confer with her team mate.

Speaking on Richard Herring's 'Leicester Square Theatre' podcast about cheaing on the programme, he said: "Oh, God. It's non-stop, most of the time.

"I can't remember who it was – it was like [the actress and pop star] Sonia, or something. It might not have been Sonia so, if it's not, don't sue – it was someone like you.

"Xander says, 'Oh sorry – I did say no conferring'. And she just went, 'We're not conferring. We're just discussing the answer.' "

Richard also revealed an awkward moment when a celebrity guest had blatantly been told the answer moments after suggesting they had absolutely no idea.

He added: "I remember someone – we had a golf question. I can't remember who it was. Someone who had said, 'I know nothing at all about golf. I know nothing about golf'.

"So you're like, 'OK, well we're going to need something'. And she says, 'Oh I've just thought of someone: Phil Nickleson'.

"And I said, 'Can I just say one thing? Firstly, if you know nothinig about golf then that is an unusual answer.

"'But, secondly, Phil Nickelson is exactly the answer that someone would give if someone else had just whispered Phil Mickleson – which is the correct answer – into their ear.' [laughs]"

Richard created the show's beloved format – which has seen a peak viewing figure of seven million following its launch 2009 – and he previously offered some advice to families putting together their own quizzes, as people across the UK were turning to games on video conferencing apps like Zoom earlier in the coronavirus lockdown.

He suggested: "Don't ask too many questions with specific answers.

"'Which South American country won the first World Cup?' – you can at least chat and guess."

The popular programme moved from BBC Two to BBC One nine years ago, and the format has been syndicated across the globe in nations such as Australia, Croatia, France, Germany, Netherlands, Serbia, Italy and more.

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