Richard Osman has starred alongside Alexander Armstrong in the BBC quiz show ‘Pointless’ for 11 years. The star created the popular programme that sees contestants try to name unlikely answers given by 100 individuals during a general knowledge quiz. He previously worked in a number of roles behind the camera before making on-screen appearances. A stint as executive producer on Noel Edmund’s TV hit ‘Deal Or No Deal’ led him to know the show’s greatest mysteries – the identity of ‘the Banker’ and in an unfortunate slip revealed the individual’s name.
After years of speculation about the person on the other end of Noel Edmund’s black telephone was, Richard outed the star as ‘Coronation Street’ actor turned producer Glenn Hugill.
He accidentally let the cat out the bag while promoting another BBC show ‘Two Tribes’ in a 2015 Metro interview.
The presenter said: “[It] was an idea that Glenn Hugill – the Banker on ‘Deal Or No Deal’ – and I had been thinking about for a long time.
“We kept coming back to it and thought, ‘Hang on, this really works, let’s pitch it’.”
Before Glenn served as the ruthless ‘Banker’, he played policeman Alan McKenna in Corrie between 1997 and 1997, along with being the host of game show ‘The Mole’.
Over the years, Richard faced a number of accusations that he could have been ‘the Banker’ on Twitter but regularly denied them.
When he outed the star he appeared to be unaware of his blunder, which led many to pounce on the star for “ruining” one the TV biggest secrets.
In 2019 when he reiterated that he wasn’t behind the character, he met a barrage of insults including one who said they didn’t know how other presenters “put up with him”.
One Twitter user quipped: “Always assumed it was an unpaid intern with a prepared spreadsheet/algorithm.”
Others commented “was it your mum?”, “could be Mr Blobby”, “The Stig” and went onto lambast other TV stars and politicians.
One wrote: “Just googled it. George Osborne! Apparently he’d always said he’d quit DOND when he left his other part time job.”
Another joked: “I’ve read in a number of places that Noel is a right banker.”
While the gaffe was unlikely to have been looked upon favourably at the time, Richard appeared able to joke about it in recent years.
In 2019, Richard made a reference to Brexit in his tweet: “When we launched ‘Deal Or No Deal’ in 2005, I remember a really long conversation we had about maybe changing the title, because ‘no deal’ isn’t an expression anyone has ever used.”
This year he joked: “I’m having breakfast with the Banker from ‘Deal Or No Deal’ today.
“If we could just persuade @susie_dent to join us, we’d have the full TV Sidekicks Top Trumps set.”