The Chase star named as favourite to replace Richard Osman on Pointless as he steps down after 13yrs

A STAR of The Chase has been pipped as the favourite to replace Richard Osman on Pointless after he stepped down from the show.

The BBC One host announced he was quitting the popular quiz show after 13 years after struggling to juggle his TV work with his writing.


Fans of the show have been guessing who will be drafted in to replace him – with many believing it could be a famous face from The Chase.

Ladbrokes have revealed that the betting odds see ITV Chaser Paul 'The Sinnerman' Sinha as a popular choice amongst viewers.

While Susie Dent is an early favourite to replace Richard, 51 – leading the way at 5/2 – Paul, also 51, follows close behind at 6/1.

The bookies have also priced up other replacements, including Alex Horne at 7/2 and Victoria Coren Mitchell at 9/2.

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Comedian Paul joined The Chase over a decade ago, and has remained a firm fan favourite since his first episode aired.

The quizzing master – who has been battling Parkinson's disease for many years – has also starred in ITV spin-off Beat The Chasers.

Paul has gone on to present his own quizzing show – Showdown – which debuted on ITV last month, much to the delight of his fans.

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Meanwhile, it was announced today that Richard would be quitting hit daytime show Pointless after 13 years presenting the programme.

He decided to walk away from the long-running BBC One series having filmed more than 1,300 episodes and nearly 30 series.

The presenter is doing so to focus on his hugely successful writing career – which has seen him become a best-selling author.

Richard has co-hosted the popular show alongside his friend Alexander
Armstrong, having initially stood in for a test run for the BBC.

The Sun understands that Richard – who created the show’s format –
will be replaced by a series of rotating guest co-hosts.

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Filming for the new series starts in May and will be the first time
since the show first aired in 2009 that Richard will not be seen as
Alexander’s “Pointless friend” behind his trusty laptop.

He will continue to host the celebrity spin-off Pointless Celebrities
in the short-term but is expected to step away from that too.

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