Impractical Jokers is seeing a big exit. Joe Gatto (above, left) started off 2022 by announcing his departure from the comedy series after a decade, per Deadline. The truTV series also stars James “Murr” Murray, Brian “Q” Quinn, and Sal Vulcano. It was renewed for a 10th season in February 2021.
Gatto announced his exit from the truTV series in a post on his Instagram account. He said the following:
Sorry in advance for the long and more-serious-than-usual note below, I just wanted to let you all know that I will no longer be involved with Impractical Jokers.
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.
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.
To all of the amazing fans, thank you for allowing me to make you laugh with Jokers. They say that laughter is the best medicine, and I hope I’ve been able to provide some of that over the last decade. Seeing you laugh has been my own medicine, particularly in these weird and difficult times we find ourselves.
As I work through the challenges I am facing, I hope to and am excited to create new ways to entertain you.
The other members of the group shared their thoughts on social media.
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Impractical Jokers will return with its 10th season in 2022 and the remaining members will start filming episodes soon.
What do you think? Are you sad about the exit of Gatto from Impractical Jokers? Do you plan to watch season 10 later this year?
Joe Gallo to me, was the heart and sole, of the show. How the vip’s of the show let him go is beyond my comprehension. Without Joe the show just doesn’t work. He should be paid much more than the others and maybe he wasn’t I cannot watch the current iterations of the show without him.
I absolutely love each and every one of you! No one makes my husband lol but you all do!! Does my heart good. Just watching Shark week now. Hysterical! I wish you all the best Joe and absolutely respect your decision to do what’s best for you and your family!! God bless!
As for you other 3… please, keep entertaining us with your off color, witty and sometimes nasty humor! Love you all!!!
(OK, I used to watch. Once my only choice was HBO, I couldn’t afford to watch but still love and miss you guys)
I hope they replace joe Gatto with Joey Fatone.
This will destroy the show. And what a silly reason: I’m getting a divorce, and I’m going to have the kids half-time, so I’m quitting my job? Like that happens in real life. And if the kids are in school most of the time he has them?
It was definitely sad to hear, mainly for Joe and his wife Bessy, and their kids. As for the show, it definitely won’t be the same without him. I don’t think they need to replace him though.