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Pointless star Richard Osman announces he is leaving Endemol after 20 years

‘It’s time for me to move on!’ Pointless star Richard Osman announces he is leaving Endemol after 20 years and jokes: ‘people didn’t even know I had an actual, real job’

  • Richard Osman, 50, admitted that ‘he’s looking forward to creating new shows with new people’ after working at Endemol since he was 29
  • The TV star confirmed that he will still ‘be doing Pointless/House Of Games’ 

Richard Osman has announced that he is leaving Endemol after 20 years.

On Monday afternoon, the presenter, 50, took to Twitter to make the announcement, writing fondly of the TV giant and insisting: ‘It’s time for me to move on!’ 

Richard, Endemol’s creative director, also joked that people didn’t even know he had ‘an actual, real job’ aside from his presenting career.

Big news! Richard Osman, 50, has announced that he is leaving Endemol after 20 years, and insisted: ‘It’s time for me to move on!’ 

Richard tweeted: ‘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 and working with brilliant people there.

‘But also looking forward to creating new shows with new people. It’s been a wonderful 20 years, and I will miss it very much.’ 

In a follow-up tweet, he added: ‘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.’ 

Essex-born star Richard began his career in 1995, working as a programme associate on Whose Line Is It Anyway? 

I will miss it very much: On Monday afternoon, the presenter took to Twitter to make the announcement, writing fondly of the TV giant

I will miss it very much: On Monday afternoon, the presenter took to Twitter to make the announcement, writing fondly of the TV giant

He then before an executive producer on a variety of British game shows, including 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Deal Or No Deal and Total Wipeout.

Richard began working at TV giant Endemol in 1999 where he became the company’s creative director.  

It was in fact Richard who pitched the idea for Pointless to the BBC, becoming its co-presenter with his former university friend, Alexander Armstrong, when it launched in 2009. 

Joker: Richard, Endemol's creative director, also joked that people didn't even know he had 'an actual, real job' aside from his presenting career

Joker: Richard, Endemol’s creative director, also joked that people didn’t even know he had ‘an actual, real job’ aside from his presenting career

Firm friends: It was Richard who pitched the idea for Pointless to the BBC, becoming its co-presenter with his former university friend, Alexander Armstrong, when it launched in 2009

Firm friends: It was Richard who pitched the idea for Pointless to the BBC, becoming its co-presenter with his former university friend, Alexander Armstrong, when it launched in 2009

Although little is known of Richard’s private life, the TV star has a daughter called Ruby, 19, and a son called Sonny, 21, from a previous relationship. His brother is Suede bassist and founding member Mat Osman.   

The news of his Endemol exit comes after Richard expressed his shock over how Steven Spielberg wants to make a movie about his book The Thursday Murder Club.

Speaking on a recent installment of Good Morning Britain he enthused: ‘Spielberg is the greatest film director of all. 

No way! The news of his Endemol exit comes after Richard expressed his shock over how Steven Spielberg wants to make a movie about his book The Thursday Murder Club

No way! The news of his Endemol exit comes after Richard expressed his shock over how Steven Spielberg wants to make a movie about his book The Thursday Murder Club 

Impressed: Discussing the exciting news, he said: Spielberg is the greatest film director of all. I’m the guy who made Total Wipeout and Deal or No Deal, he’s the guy who made Jaws'

Impressed: Discussing the exciting news, he said: Spielberg is the greatest film director of all. I’m the guy who made Total Wipeout and Deal or No Deal, he’s the guy who made Jaws’

‘I’m the guy who made Total Wipeout and Deal or No Deal, he’s the guy who made Jaws. It’s a boring story [how he found out Spielberg would be making the movie]. I was in the office of someone who sells film rights. I was thrilled.’ 

Richard did say that he has already had a zoom call with Spielberg, as he explained: ‘There’s been lots of chats about it. Spielberg has to cast it.’

Going on to detail the plot, and why it is such a hit, he added: ‘It’s about four people in their seventies. They meet up once a week to solve unsolved murders and one week, there’s a murder on their doorstep.

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