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As well as presenting popular game shows Pointless and House of Games, Richard Osman has been working behind-the-scenes for 20 years. As creative director for Endemol, the TV star has helped create a number of quiz shows that are currently on television.
Earlier today, he took to Twitter to inform fans that the time was right for him to move on and “create new shows with new people”.
The television presenter, who turned 50 last month, said he will continue to host the programmes he is best known for.
His post began: “I’ve worked at Endemol since I was 29, but it’s time for me to move on.
“Will still be doing Pointless/House Of Games & working with brilliant people there. But also looking forward to creating new shows with new people,” he told his 994,800 followers.
“It’s been a wonderful 20 years, and I will miss it very much,” Richard went on to say.
Many took to the comments section of his post to share their thoughts and wish the television creator and author good luck for the future.
“Thank god you are carrying on with Pointless and House of Games as 2020 could not cope with that news,” one relieved fan wrote.
“Wishing you well in your new ventures, Richard. And I’m looking forward to seeing the new shows you develop. Do make sure you leave enough time for future book writing as well, won’t you?” another added.
“Sometimes you just have to fly the nest and spread your wings, good luck,” a third user remarked.
One follower asked if he would be setting up his own production company.
“Setting up your own production company? That seems to be the way to do what you want creatively.
“Good luck in whatever you do. Glad you’re still doing Pointless,” the user said.
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Richard returned to his post a short while later after surprising fans with his news.
“I’m aware that people who think I’m a TV presenter didn’t even know I had an actual, real job, but there we are,” he said.
“Shhhhh. ‘Richard Osman was a producer of Deal Or No Deal you know’ is my small talk go to. Don’t ruin it for me,”(sic) one person commented.
“I thought you were a crime fiction author…” a second added.
“It’s incredible when you read up on all your achievements over the years,” a third follower said.
Richard worked as the executive producer for Deal or No Deal and 8 out of 10 Cats.
He also had a job on Whose Line is it Anyway?, Total Wipeout and 24 hour Quiz.
In 2009, he began hosting Pointless with his university friend Alexander Armstrong, after pitching the idea to the BBC.
The father-of-two has also penned two Channel 4 sitcoms and released his first novel earlier this year.
The Thursday Murder Club was published in Autumn as the author celebrated his milestone 50th birthday.
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