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BBC Pointless star Richard Osman shares reason for ‘very ill’ TV appearance


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star , who created the One series in 2009, has explained why he and other television presenters can come across as looking “very ill” on camera. Richard, who co-presented the show with host Alexander Armstrong until his departure in 2022, is also known for hosting Richard Osman’s House of Games.

Richard, 53, gave a rare behind-the-scenes insight into the world of presenting whilst chatting to co-host Marina Hyde, 49, on their new podcast The Rest is Entertainment. In a questions and answers session with their audience last month, Richard spoke about his own health.

The star, who had recently returned from a long flight, told Marina: “I am over my jetlag now.” She replied: “I’m very pleased you are over your jetlag. I think we should get straight into this.”

However, Richard then cut in to elaborate on his health fears, and how any issues could impact his role as a presenter. “Can I just say one thing?” he asked.

“When I had that jetlag I was thinking, ‘Oh actually, I might have a bit of a cold’. And it made me think…

“If you’re a quiz show presenter – no one has asked this question but I’m going to answer it anyway,” he hastened to add.

“When you’ve got a cold people think you’re very, very ill,” Richard explained.

“Because if you’ve had a cold for three days then, actually, on a TV show that means 15 episodes.

“So they think ‘Oh my god, he’s had a cold for a really, really long time!’”

Richard went on to confirm that, while no one had asked ‘What happens when a TV presenter gets a cold’, he had been keen to share the fun fact with their listeners.

“It’s a chronic illness!” Marina quipped in response, before the pair launched into the episode.

Richard left Pointless two years ago, later admitting on X that his successful career as a novelist was to blame.

The Thursday Murder Club writer confessed he was forced to quit his beloved BBC quiz show because the books had “become such a juggernaut around the world I simply couldn’t keep up with my schedule”.

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