Joe Gatto, one of the four stars on TruTV’s hit comedy show, Impractical Jokers, is leaving the show behind him for good. The 45-year-old comedian and actor is taking a step away from the show not because of any sort of fallout on set or between the four friends, but rather it’s due to personal reasons.
According to his Instagram, Gatto and his wife, Bessy, have decided to mutually split after nine years of marriage. Because of the split, the member decided this was a good chance to take his leave and make more of an effort to be the best father and co-parent to his two children.
His departure doesn’t mean the show is over, though. Sal Volcano, Brian “Q” Quinn, and James “Murr” Murray are all still part of the TruTV comedy. He also has no doubt that the three will still make the world laugh.
“Outside of my family, my relationships with Murr, Q and Sal have been the most important in my life. I know they will continue to make the world laugh.”
The remaining members took to Instagram to issue their own statement saying they never thought the show would go on without Joe and that they are saddened, but they wish to keep people laughing and that a new chapter will be underway this month.
“Hi everyone, so here we are…After all these years together, we never imagined making ‘Impractical Jokers’ without Joe. While we are saddened to see him go, we want to keep making people laugh, keep our relationship working with the members of our team that we consider family. With the support of our fans, we’ll get back to making a new chapter of ‘Impractical Jokers’ in January.”
Before TruTV, the four were friends from high school who formed The Tenderloins back in 1999 where the group would go and perform comedy and improv shows together. In 2011, TruTV nabbed the four to star in Impractical Jokers, where the four would dare each other to do increasingly stupid and zany things or else you end up the episode’s “Big Loser” and endure a punishment for their failure.
Impractical Jokers was already renewed for Season 10 slated for this fall, but a premiere date is still yet to be determined. What is known, though, is we will never hear anyone shout for Larry as well as Joe.