Pointless star Richard Osman says shows can reshoot scenes with offensive answers after Countdown controversy

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Richard Osman has weighed in after a gay slur was broadcast on Countdown this week, saying that corrections can be made during filming to avoid something offensive being aired.

The co-host of BBC teatime quiz show Pointless took to Twitter to explain that shows have the option to ‘retake’ answers which may be deemed offensive.

Richard, 50, who is seen on the programme alongside host Alexander Armstrong, questioned why the word p***ter was not edited out of the episode of Channel 4’s Countdown on Monday.

‘The contestant was embarrassed to be saying it, but in that situation the easy solution is to all agree he scored seven points and to retake with a different answer,’ he began in response to the clip.

Responding to this, a fan asked the BBC favourite whether a contestant would be given a ‘correct answer for a retake’ on Pointless.

Richard replied: ‘We’ve done that a couple of times with “correct” answers. A very easy fix, and not an uncommon one.’

Richard Osman questioned why the TV moment had not been re-filmed (Picture; BBC)

He went on to clarify that BBC bosses ‘have never edited out answers’ on Pointless, going on to say: ‘Twice in 1800 shows contestants have inadvertently given offensive answers (stuff that wouldn’t air on any TV show, let alone at 5.15) and I’ve drawn their attention to it in the studio.’

Channel 4 apologised for the incident earlier this week, calling it ‘an error of judgement’.

Yes, I think, the contestant was embarrassed to be saying it, but in that situation the easy solution is to all agree he scored 7 points and to retake with a different answer. We’ve done that a couple of times with ‘correct’ answers.

— Richard Osman (@richardosman) August 16, 2021

‘It does not align with our values and we apologise for any offence caused.’

Many were critical of the broadcaster’s choice to air the word, which is used as a homophobic slur.

TV critic Scott Bryan brought the incident to the attention of many Twitter users earlier this week.

He said: ‘Sorry to go serious on something quite trivial – but as someone who was called a “p***fter” by homophobes on a daily basis why on earth is Countdown allowing it to be said cheerfully as an answer on daytime television?’

Contestant Matt Gould, who gave the answer, also apologised later on for the TV moment.

Matt shared: ‘I apologise for my part in this, I thought it might be edited differently.

‘At the time I said, “I have an inappropriate 7 that I know is in the dictionary or a riskier 7 that I’m less sure about.”

‘I thought that bit would be reshot with a non-offensive 7 letter word.’

Pointless airs weekdays at 5.15pm on BBC One.

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