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Mike Bedigan, PA Los Angeles Correspondent & Josh Luckhurst

Lauren Laverne laughs off unfortunate category on Pointless after Liz Truss resigns

Lauren Laverne poked fun at herself after her debut as Pointless co-host brought an unfortunate category regarding UK prime ministers and their tenures.

The 44-year-old radio DJ and presenter was making her first appearance in the Pointless chair alongside host Alexander Armstrong on Thursday as a host of celebrity faces share the job after Richard Osman stepped away from the role earlier this year.

Former Coronation Street star Sally Lindsay, The Last Leg's Alex Brooker, actor Stephen Mangan, former Blue Peter presenter Konnie Huq and comedian Ed Gamble, alongside Laverne, have been chosen to succeed Osman.

Laverne took the baton for her stint in the chair on Thursday and the first category for the four pairs of contestants to answer was: British prime ministers who served for two years or longer.

Lauren was making her Pointless co-hosting debut on Thursday (BBC)

Questions on British politics are a usual theme among the plethora of quiz shows on our television screens but the category proved timely as Liz Truss stepped down as prime minister only a few hours before the pre-recorded show was aired on BBC One.

Laverne wrote on Twitter : "My first category on #Pointless : British PMs and how long they lasted. Just to flag, we pre-recorded the programme", followed by a grimace face emoji.

Replying to BBC TV critic Scott Bryan's tweet about the unfortunate scenario, Laverne added: "RIP my mentions."

Ms Truss had lasted only 44 days before she quit in humiliation over her disastrous handling of the economy during a press conference on Thursday afternoon.

The radio DJ and presenter took to Twitter while the show was on air (@laurenlaverne/Twitter)

Tory chiefs announced her replacement would again be chosen by party members in a leadership contest – with Boris Johnson said to be lined up for a shock return despite his own record of shame in 10 Downing Street.

Other famous faces reacted to the news of Ms Truss' departure following a chaotic week in Westminster.

Irish pop duo Jedward pointed out that they had been contestants on X Factor, longer than Ms Truss had been in office.

British Prime Minister Liz Truss announced her resignation on after 44 days in office (AFP via Getty Images)

Appearing to poke fun at the former PM, comedian Joe Lycett tweeted: "@trussliz omg just heard there's a leadership election nxt week????? u shud run babe youd be perfect!!"

Comedian Stephen Fry also expressed concern about who would succeed Ms Truss in the role. "No @borisjohnson no no no no no NO!" he wrote. "Under absolutely no circumstances. Ever. Ever ever ever, d'you hear?"

News of Ms Truss's departure also came a day before the airing of the final regular episode of topical news programme Mock The Week, though producers confirmed the show would not be re-recorded.

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