Pointless confirms star-studded line-up replacing Richard Osman, including Vick Hope and Gyles Brandreth
Pointless has officially introduced a new team of hosts working alongside Alexander Armstrong this year.
After 12 years, Richard Osman announced he would be stepping down from the BBC quiz show, which he created.
The 51-year-old TV personality revealed he decided to quit the position so that he could spend more time writing, having published several books, including The Thursday Murder Club.
A variety of celebrity hosts are set to take over after actress Sally Lindsay was the first to step into the hot seat.
The BBC confirmed on Thursday that celebrities Andi Oliver, Gyles Brandreth, Nish Kumar, Lucy Porter, Ria Lina, Rose Matafeo, Sally Phillips, and Vick Hope will be making a cameo on the hit trivia series.
‘It has been a really fun process sharing the hosting with so many different guests,’ said presenter Alexander.
‘They have all brought their own styles and senses of humour, keeping the show fresh and exciting every time and I can’t wait to welcome more celebrity hosts to the show this year.’
Former Capital FM star Vick enthused: ‘What an absolute joy to get quizzy at teatime on the most iconic game shows around!
‘I love Pointless, am obsessed with trivia and quizzes, and can’t wait to join Xander and the contestants every day from Richard’s hot seat. One very excited pointless co-host incoming.’
This Morning star and broadcaster Gyles added: ‘As a little boy, I dreamed of being one of Santa’s little helpers.
‘I have to tell you, being Xander’s little helper is even more fun. It’s like Christmas every day. I love it.’
In his last-ever episode with Alexander, which aired in July last year, Richard shared a clip from the aforementioned recording, where he turned to Alexander to express how much he loved working with him, as he didn’t feel he said so enough to his face
‘I was just doing an interview, and they always ask about Pointless at the end of it, and they always say, “How is Pointless?” and they say, “What’s Xander like?” And I always say how lovely you are,’ Richard said.
‘And it occurred to me I don’t tell you in person often enough. So I just want to say how lucky I am to work with you.’
Pointless continues Thursday at 5:15pm on BBC One.
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