Richard Osman, 51, left Pointless back in July after filming more than 1,300 episodes and nearly 30 series of the BBC show. The novelist has watched the new series live on Twitter, sharing his thoughts on Sally Lindsay taking his seat.
Richard took to Twitter earlier today to discuss the new series of Pointless and wished his former colleague Alexander Armstrong and co-host Sally Lindsay luck.
He wrote in view of his 1.1 million Twitter followers: “So excited about watching this at 5.15.
“The first time I’ve ever been able to watch #Pointless and actually play along without knowing the answers already. Good luck to the first of the new co-hosts @sallylindsay.”
He also shared a running commentary as he watched the BBC game show live and even made a comment about the famous laptop.
Sharing a still of Sally looking at the laptop, Richard made the shocking revelation: “Wait, the laptop WORKS NOW???? #Pointless.”
Social media users rushed to the comments to express their sadness as Richard left the show and shared their thoughts on the mystery laptop.
NinnyFour said: “I am not loving this. I don’t know who can replace you successfully.”
JanLE47 added: “A shame as she’s obviously reading from it!
“Please come back Richard. I bought your books and they’re amazing!”
MarjorieDunni11 commented: “Love Sally Lindsay. Think she is a bit nervous at the moment. Big shoes to fill.”
As Pointless returned today for its 28th series, Alexander is now joined by half a dozen different co-hosts for the series, each presenting an episode.
Sally took the chair this evening, with the other co-hosts being Stephen Mangan, Lauren Laverne, Alex Brooker, Konnie Huq and Ed Gamble.
Richard has since spoken about why he decided to step away from Pointless after such a long run on the hit show.
He told The Mail on Sunday’s You magazine: “I wanted every episode of Pointless to be great and, though I could just about fit it in, I couldn’t give it the emotional energy it required.”
He also said on Twitter that his reason for leaving Pointless was because the books had “become such a juggernaut around the world I simply couldn’t keep up with my schedule”.
Richard has a very successful novelist career, with Steven Spielberg even acquiring the rights to his debut book.
His crime novels, The Thursday Murder Club and it’s follow-up The Man Who Died Twice, were both Sunday Times bestsellers.
Talking about his busy career, the presenter admitted: “I spent my whole working life in telly where you’re surrounded by people all the time, but I’ve surprised myself by finding I really enjoyed shutting the door, sitting down and writing.
“I don’t feel alone. I’m surrounded by my characters and I’m an introvert by nature so, actually, the extrovert stuff is the weird stuff.”