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Alexander Armstrong urged Pointless producers to ‘recast’ him after ‘shocking’ series

Alexander Armstrong has admitted he expressed considerations to producers after internet hosting the primary sequence of as he struggled to be “slick”.

The presenter has been presenting the One quiz present since its inception in 2009, however issues did not get off to one of the best of begins.

Discussing the programme in a 2021 interview, the 53-year-old stated: “One of many issues I actually like about Pointless is that it confounds on a number of ranges.

“It’s kind of confection, however it’s additionally received actual heft to it as a result of our query setters are so sensible.

“And I really like that Richard [Osman] and I are kind of anti-quiz hosts.”

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Alexander Armstrong said he struggled to be 'slick' when he first began Pointless

Alexander Armstrong stated he struggled to be ‘slick’ when he first began Pointless (Picture: BBC)

Reflecting on the start of their journey collectively nonetheless, Alexander advised the primary sequence was a “shocker” for the crew.

He defined: “We have been simply so unhealthy at being slick. I had a dialog after that first sequence and stated, ‘I believe you both must recast this, or make a advantage of our slipshodness’.”

After deliberation, producers went with the latter and he and his co-star continued to work collectively for 13 extra years.

Their prolonged partnership got here to an finish final 12 months when Richard introduced he had determined to step all the way down to deal with being an creator.

In an announcement, he stated: “After 13 great years I’m leaving daytime Pointless, to focus on writing.

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Alexander Armstrong has been fronting Pointless since it began in 2009

Alexander Armstrong has been fronting Pointless because it started in 2009 (Picture: BBC)

“Will nonetheless be doing the celeb reveals and ‘Home Of Video games’.

“It has been the GREATEST pleasure and I can’t wait to start out watching as a viewer. Thanks to everybody!”

Alexander added on the time: “Daytime tv’s loss is worldwide best-selling crime fiction’s achieve.

“I say that prefer it’s a comfort – I’m going to overlook the massive man subsequent to me Monday to Friday.

“However no less than I nonetheless get him at weekends – and weekdays for those who’re watching on Problem.”

Following his exit, Pointless added one other eight co-hosts to its roster together with Sally Lindsay, Gyles Brandreth, Rose Matafeo and Sally Phillips.

Tonight, Alexander hosts the satirical present affairs quiz present Have I Acquired Information for You.

He will probably be joined by actor and comic Miles Jupp and journalist Olivia Utley alongside crew captains Ian Hislop and Paul Merton.

Pointless airs weekdays from 5:15pm on One. Have I Acquired Information For You kicks off at 9pm.

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