After the show aired the word “p*****r”, Matt Gould, from Whitley Bay, said he was surprised it was included in the show’s edit. He told The Mirror: “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 host Richard Osman also said he was surprised the offensive word wasn’t cut from Monday’s show.
He said: “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.”
He added: “A very easy fix, and not an uncommon one.”
@scottygb Yes, I think, the contestant was embarrassed to be saying it, but in that situation the easy solution is… https://t.co/VuIFw3cr66
Journalist Scott Bryan said: “As someone who was called a “p*****r” by homophobes on a daily basis why on earth is Countdown allowing it to be said cheerfully as an answer on daytime television?Yes, I know it is in the dictionary.
“But having been at the receiving end of that word as abuse for years (along with f*****), then hearing it casually as an answer on a quizshow.”
He added: “The amount of people saying ‘it is only a word,’ I’m pretty sure it was only a word back in the classrooms back then too. Yet it feels the same.”
Sorry to go serious on something quite trivial - but as someone who was called a "p***fter" by homophobes on a dail… https://t.co/ZpB7DGcmZa