And, to be fair, he really was.
In the third instalment of the latest series, one task saw Richard and his fellow celebrity contestants – Johnny Vegas, Katherine Parkinson, Daisy May Cooper, Mawaan Rizwan – faced with having to create their very best upside-down video.
With the help of co-presenter Alex Horne, Katherine elected to tell a tale of two chin-faced people, having a rather relatable chat about how the whole world seems upside-down, while sipping from a can of drink.
Johnny made a heartbreaking appeal to help those with upside-downism, a rare condition in which the sufferer is gravitationally challenged. And Mawaan told a disturbing romantic story involving himself and two horses.
Elsewhere, Daisy produced a worryingly nonsensical video featuring two chickens, a lizard and some cut-out paper sand dunes. And while everything was placed upside down, so was the camera, therefore creating the effect of everything being the right way up.
Despite failing to grasp the one essential rule of the task, however, Daisy was still marked higher than Richard, who arguably produced the best video of them all.
In his movie, a strange supernatural phenomenon resulted in a building being turned upside down, causing him to fall into the ceiling.
Weirdly, the objects that fell from his person seemed to be unaffected by the gravitational shift and dropped towards the ground as usual. But the cleverest part came when a chicken's egg fell upwards and smashed right next to his head on the ceiling.
Needless to say, viewers (and we) were baffled by Taskmaster Greg Davies' decision to give Richard the lowest score of the round, leading many to claim he was robbed.
"HOW is Daisy's movie better than Richard's???" tweeted one fan, while another wrote: "Richard was robbed of that win - his upside down film was something to behold!"
Check out more of the reactions below.
He was robbed
— Winnie H (@HounslowWinnie) October 29, 2020
— Steve Lowe (@SenorApple2014) October 29, 2020
Thought he was extremely undermarked. This was the best by a country mile👏🏼
— cuzza (@karencu57274828) October 29, 2020
— Liam (@KitDog91) October 29, 2020
HOW is Daisy’s movie better than Richard’s??? #Taskmaster
— LJ Cholmondeley-Featherstonehaugh (@splendourella) October 29, 2020
@gdavies @AlexHorne Herring was robbed. It was a post-modern classic portraying a rejection of all faiths and religion, criticizing Enlightenment rationality and highlighting the role of ideology in maintaining economic power.
— EMJAYDOUBLEU (@MattWil97277168) October 29, 2020
Undermarked!! I demand an appeal
— Lara Stockley (@lovely_lara) October 29, 2020
Taskmaster airs Thursdays at 9pm on Channel 4.
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