Richard Osman: Pointless host ‘terrified’ of flying economy but admits TV fame aided issue

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Richard Osman, 49 revealed that he used to dread flying abroad as his 6ft 7in frame made sitting in economy difficult. However, the star admitted that since becoming successful and earning enough money to fly in a higher class has seen his experience change dramatically. 

Terrified of flying economy

Richard Osman

He explained: “Flying was bad. Until I made a bit of money. 

“I used to be terrified of flying, but it turns out I was just terrified of flying economy,” he added.

The star maintains that he was not bullied at school despite standing out, as he was able to “look after” himself.

He has said however that he does find it difficult to attend gigs and concerts owing to his tall frame, as the book author can often garner complaints from audience members for blocking the view,

“I can’t go to the front, because people will tut,” he explained to The Times.

“And I can’t stand at the back, because I can’t see.” 

The comedian suffers from nystagmus, an eye condition which can result in limited vision.

His older brother Mat is the bassist for legendary rock band Suede.

Richard admitted he not as “cool” as Mat, after attending Cambridge University on a scholarship.

Whereas his sibling on the other hand, after studying a degree in economics, went on to found rock band Suede alongside singer Brett Anderson. 

He continued: “I would like to be cooler — my brother is supercool — but it’s just how I am, how I was brought up.

“Although my brother was brought up the same way and his sensibility is very different.

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“Anyway, I’ve always loved something that attracts millions of people.

“I love cool things, like [the creator and star of I May Destroy You] Michaela Coel. But also I love Michael McIntyre,” he added.

In a new move for the comedian, he has penned murder mystery novel The Thursday Murder Club, which he described as being a “gripping read” and “unashamedly mainstream”.

He admitted: “I’ve always, as much as I fight it, been mainstream.”

There’s no kudos in that and it’s easier to do something trendy, but that’s how I grew up.”

The process of creating the book was so exciting that Richard has said that he wants to be “writing novels for the rest of his life”.

He told the Guardian that the writers who had the greatest influence on his writing were British crime writers including Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, Ruth Rendell, Reginald Hill.

However, he also has a soft spot for British humorist writers including Muriel Spark, PG Wodehouse, Alan Bennett and Victoria Wood.

Pointless airs on BBC One at 5.15pm today.

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