Hello, hello, hello... from Pointless’s Richard Osman

PUBLISHED: 11:21 07 February 2018 | UPDATED: 15:14 07 February 2018

File photo dated of Pointless presenter Richard Osman. Picture Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.

File photo dated of Pointless presenter Richard Osman. Picture Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.


Pointless co-host Richard Osman has responded to a reader letter sent to this newspaper which accuses him of not using the “Queen’s English”.

He is the man with all the answers on the popular quiz show Pointless.

And when a Norfolk woman gave him a public ticking-off for not using the “Queen’s English” when on television, he was quick to respond.

Osman and fellow host Alexander Armstrong were told off on the EDP letters page by June Webb from Wymer Road, Aylsham. She also had a dig at University Challenge for the same reason.

She said: “I find it extremely irritating that whilst I am watching BBC programmes, ie Pointless, hosted by Alexander Armstrong and assisted by Richard Osman, that when introduced he replies “Hi” — not “Hello”. Then again during University Challenge the candidates respond whilst being introduced with “Hi”. These are well-educated people, can they not use the Queen’s English?

Have the BBC no control over the language used? Do other readers find the use of “Hi” as irritating as me? And what comments do they have?”

The letter was put out on Twitter gaining considerable attraction. Osman later replied with “hello, hello, hello”.

That certainly told you, June.

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