In a move that has astonished the comedy world, Joe Gatto has revealed that he is leaving the comedic group The Tenderloins, creators of the Impractical Jokers hidden camera program. In addition to the show, The Imperfections perform their jokes on tour, establishing a lucrative multimedia empire.
On New Year’s Eve, Gatto posted a message on Instagram apologizing for the more serious note that was to come.
“Alongside my friends, I’ve devoted a decade of my life to building this franchise and couldn’t be prouder of what has been accomplished. However, due to some issues in my personal life, I have to step away. Bessy and I have decided to amicably part ways, so now I need to focus on being the best father and co-parent to our two incredible kids.”
Gatto added that Q, Murr, and Sal have held the most crucial relationship roles in his life, excluding his family, and that he is certain they will continue to make Impractical Jokers fans 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, and even though the four of us are the ones who you all see, this show is only possible due to the hard work of the talented crew members who work behind the scenes. I am very thankful to have worked with each and every one of them.”
Joe has also expressed his appreciation to the incredible crew beneath the stage of The Impractical Jokers in an Instagram statement. Season 10 of Impractical Jokers was authorized in February 2021, and season 9’s second half is slated to begin filming soon, according to TVLine.
Murr released a statement saying how devastating it is to continue without Joe, and how they, Q, and Sal wish to keep making people laugh and strengthening their connections with Jokers’ fans. They also promised that if people stick by them, they’ll get the ball rolling again this month — showcasing just how much their devoted followers adore them.
It’s a bit strange to think about the Impracital Jokers crew without Gatto, but we hope he has a great future ahead of him. You may catch re-runs of the series on TruTV and follow all things hidden-camera comedy on their Twitter and Instagram accounts.
We’ll miss you, Joe!
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About Joe Gatto
Joe Gatto is a comedian, actor and producer who has been part of Impractical Jokers since its inception. Joe was born on July 20th, 1974 in Staten Island to Italian parents. Joe attended the University of Florida before moving back to New York City where he met his future Impractical Jokers co-stars Sal Vulcano and James Murray. Joe currently resides in Manhattan with his wife Lauren and their two sons Joe Jr. and Charlie Joe Gatto III
In 2011, Joe joined the cast of Impractical Jooters as one of four friends who dare each other to perform outrageous dares for cash prizes. The show became a hit series on TruTV which ran from 2011 until 2015 when it went on hiatus after five seasons due to contractual issues with Joe, Sal and Murr. In 2012, Joe hosted a prank show on MTV called Almost Impossible. Joe also appeared in an episode of the TV series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as a boxer who was falsely accused of rape. Joe has made numerous appearances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and David Letterman’s talk shows.
About Impractical Jokers
Impractical Jokers is a television show that follows the lives of four friends who are determined to make each other laugh. Joe Gatto, James Murray, Brian Quinn, and Sal Vulcano are the four friends who have starred in the show since its inception in 2011.
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