FORMER Pointless star Richard Osman has been hiding a MASSIVE show secret for years – but all has been revealed.
The TV host – who shockingly quit the popular quiz show last month – presented alongside co-host Alexander Armstrong for 13 years.
Richard, 51, decided to walk away from the long-running BBC One series in April – explaining he was focusing on his writing career.
The broadcaster – who created the show’s format – is due to be replaced by a series of rotating guest co-hosts from now on.
Ahead of his move away from Pointless, it has been revealed that Richard was keeping a HUGE secret about the show's formatting.
He was seen sitting behind a laptop, from which he would read ground-breaking facts about the answers.
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However, while viewers may have presumed the laptop was working – it turns out that it has "never" been switched on.
A source said in 2017: "The computer has never been switched on and Richard doesn’t even know what’s on it.
"The machine is not even plugged in to anything. The only people who touch it are the cleaners and prop masters who come in to dust it during recordings."
A spokesperson for the show added: "The computer at Richard’s desk is a TV prop and we have never claimed otherwise."
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It comes after Richard revealed the toll the quiz show took on him after his shock exit and made a swipe at the BBC programme.
Speaking to Phillip Schofield and Rochelle Humes on This Morning, Richard took a swipe at the show saying it "took a lot out of him".
The TV star said he wanted to focus on his hugely successful writing career – which has seen him become a best-selling author.
"It takes a lot out of you," Richard said on Wednesday.
"My thing has been people only play Pointless once or twice, and I want to give them a good time and have it be exciting for everyone.
"So, I’ve always given 100 per cent to Pointless, and I was getting to the stage where I don’t have time to give 100 per cent to everything."
He added: "I had done 12 years of it, so if one thing could go, because I still love House of Games, and I love doing the writing.
"It was just the one thing where I was like, you know what let someone else have a go at this."
Richard has become a runaway success in the literary world having
released his first novel The Thursday Murder Club in 2020, and its sequel The Man Who Died Twice in 2021.
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The first book is the third best-selling hardback of all-time in the UK while the follow-up is the sixth best-selling.
The film rights have already been bought by Hollywood icon Steven Spielberg.
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