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BBC quiz shows edit out offensive answers, Pointless host reveals

BBC quiz shows edit out offensive answers and redo scenes with more acceptable ones, Pointless host Richard Osman reveals after row over Countdown allowing gay slur

  • Matt Gould scored seven points for the slur – used to insult homosexual people
  • A clip of the awkward encounter drew controversy on social media
  • Channel 4 apologised for the clip which ‘does not align with our values’  

Pointless star Richard Osman has revealed that the BBC quiz show edits out potentially offensive answers and gives contestants more palatable options.   

Mr Osman, who co-hosts the programme with Alexander Armstrong, said guests on the show will be asked to redo their responses with a more acceptable example, worth the same score.  

His revelation came after Channel 4 apologised for including a Countdown contestant using the word ‘p***ter’ on Monday’s episode of the programme. 

Matt Gould scored seven points for the slur – used to insult homosexual people – after Rachel Riley placed the letters, A, O, O, E, D, R, P, F, T, on the board.   

Richard Osman, pictured centre, said guests on the show will be asked to redo their responses with a more acceptable example, worth the same score (also pictured in a scene from Pointless Celebrities, left to right: Lianne La Havas, Shaun Keaveny, Ella Eyre, Suzy Klein, Clara Amfo, Alexander Armstrong, Lesley Garrett, Amy McDonald, Chris Hawkins)

 

When asked if that situation arose on Pointless, would the hosts give the guest a correct answer for the retake, Mr Osman said: 'Yep, just retake with a different correct answer (or different incorrect answer)

When asked if that situation arose on Pointless, would the hosts give the guest a correct answer for the retake, Mr Osman said: ‘Yep, just retake with a different correct answer (or different incorrect answer)

A clip of the encounter drew controversy online, with TV critic Scott Bryan asking ‘why on earth’ broadcasters allowed the word to be ‘said cheerfully as an answer on daytime television’. 

Mr Osman replied, saying he thought 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’.

He added: ‘We’ve done that a couple of times with ”correct” answers.’ 

When asked if that situation arose on Pointless, would the hosts give the guest a correct answer for the retake, Mr Osman said: ‘Yep, just retake with a different correct answer (or different incorrect answer).’

A clip of the Countdown encounter drew controversy on social media, with some suggesting it should not have been aired

A clip of the Countdown encounter drew controversy on social media, with some suggesting it should not have been aired

Matt Gould scored seven points for the slur – used to insult homosexual people – on Monday’s episode after Rachel Riley placed the letters, A, O, O, E, D, R, P, F, T, on the board

One viewer said this raised a ‘freedom of speech’ issue, but Mr Osman replied: ‘If I’d told you why, you would agree 100 per cent, I’m certain of that. And it’s been twice in around 50,000 answers.’ 

Mr Gould, the Countdown contestant who used the slur on programme, apologised on Twitter, saying he assumed it would be reshot.  

A Channel 4 spokesperson also told MailOnline: ‘The airing of the word was an error of judgement. It does not align with our values and we apologise for any offence caused.’

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