Former Pointless presenter Richard Osman has wished his replacement hosts luck after the TV show was criticized by viewers.
In April, the popular presenter announced he was stepping down from BBC game show after nearly 13 years in the hot seat. The 51-year-old’s role has now been taken over by new host, actress Sally Lindsay.
Sally, 49, said she was “so excited” as she joined regular host Alexander Armstrong on the long-running program on Tuesday as part of a roster of guest presenters. However, Pointless fans couldn’t quite make sense of the new schedule, reports The Mirror.
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Coronation Street actress Sally, along with Alex Brooker, Lauren Laverne, Stephen Mangan, Konnie Huq and Ed Gamble, have all been confirmed as special hosts on a rotating basis. Despite criticism from BBC viewers, former host Richard took to Twitter to share his excitement about the new panel as Sally took the reins on Tuesday.
“So excited to watch this. First time I’ve been able to watch Useless and play the game without knowing the answers already,” the former presenter tweeted. “Good luck to the first of the new co-hosts,” he added.
Sadly, actress Sally, who played Sally Unwin in Coronation Street and Lisa Johnson in comedy Sky Mount Pleasant, faced negativity from fans of the show after her first pitch gig. One viewer slammed the former soap opera star for constantly staring at her laptop as they tweeted, “Will you please stop constantly staring at your laptop and engage more with contestants? I don’t like not the new look, sorry.”
Another complained: “I’m having a hard time getting used to Sally Lindsay over unnecessary screen reading. I hope she grows into the role and starts to become more spontaneous.”
“I love Sally, but I’m not sure this is the gig for her,” someone else moaned. While a fourth viewer tweeted: ‘Stop all your bloody sobs about Sally on #Useless. Richard has been doing this for 12 years, he had amassed enormous knowledge of the facts in that time.’
Following the onslaught of tweets about Sally’s habit of reading from a laptop, Richard took it upon himself to defend his pal. The former Pointless presenter shed some light on the situation, tweeting, “Wait, laptop WORKS NOW????”, to which she replied, “I don’t think you plugged it in.”
Richard, who has filmed more than 1,300 episodes and nearly 30 series of Useless, announced his departure from the BBC One show earlier this year. In a moving statement, he wrote: “Useless has been a joy from start to finish, working alongside my friend Alexander Armstrong, backed by the most wonderful team, and for the best viewers in the world.
“I will miss everyone so much, but I’m thrilled to continue hosting the celebrity shows. I can’t thank everyone enough for an amazing 12 years.”
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