Pointless star Richard Osman announces major career change after 20 years

Amy West
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Pointless star Richard Osman has announced that he's embarking on a major career change after 20 years.

While perhaps best known for hosting the popular BBC quiz show alongside Alexander Armstrong since 2009, Osman has acted as producer and later, creative director at Endemol Shine UK across the last two decades.

Taking to Twitter to declare that it was "time for [him] to move on" on December 21, he assured fans that he will still be taking part in future instalments of Pointless and his other series House of Games and "working with the brilliant people there."

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Photo credit: Getty Images

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He then added that he's "looking forward to creating new shows with new people," too.

"I will miss it very much," Osman added earnestly, before joking: "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."

During this time with Endemol, he has been involved in the development of shows such as Total Wipeout, Deal or No Deal, Prize Island and 8 Out of 10 Cats.

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Photo credit: BBC

"This honestly feels like Santa leaving the workshop, but no doubt you're going on to brilliant things. Best of luck," comedian Sophie Duker replied, as one of his colleagues exclaimed: "Osman! I can't believe it. You'll be very missed. Lunch at The Blue Apple before you go?"

"As long as we continue to have your sharp wit, razor sharp thinking and lightening retort, I'll be happy Richard," another of his followers said.

Osman is also a best-selling author, having recently beaten out Barack Obama's memoir A Promised Land with the UK's number one book at Christmas, The Thursday Murder Club.

Pointless airs on BBC One.

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