Joe Gatto, one of the original members of the comedy duo The Tenderloins and stars of the prank program on TruTV “Impractical Jokers,” has announced that he will be leaving The Tenderloins group.
Gatto announced the announcement on Friday night, declaring that he and his wife had split and would like to focus on co-parenting his kids.
“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,'” Gatto wrote. “Alongside my fellow fans, I’ve committed 10 years of my life to establish this brand and could not be happier with what’s been achieved. But, due to some problems in my personal life, I’m forced to take a step back. Bessy and I decided to part ways in a mutually agreed-upon manner, and I have been focused on being the greatest dad and co-parent for our two amazing children.”
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Gatto established The Tenderloins with his high school pals Sal Vulcano, Brian “Q” Quinn and James “Murr” Murray in 1999. The group then went on to perform sketches and Improv. TruTV introduced “Impractical Jokers” with the comedians in 2011.
The other members issued a statement stating the “Impractical Jokers” will keep running without Gatto and begin writing a “new chapter” in January.
“Hi everybody, and here we are…After many years of being together, we had no idea creating ‘Impractical Jokers without Joe. While we’re devastated to hear a, we’d departure, and we’d like to continue entertaining people and keep our friendship with people in our team e consider to be family. With the help from our supporters, we’ll go back to creating the next chapter of “Impractical Jokers” in January.” Murray, Quinn and Vulcano released an announcement.
“Impractical Jokers” was renewed for Season 10 in the fall of this year, with a date yet to be confirmed. The show follows comedians as they press one another to publicly prank strangers and make fun of them. A feature-length film featuring the group was made available in February 2020. The guest stars of the series include Joey Fatone, Jeff Daniels, Jameela Jamil, Harry Conick Jr. and numerous others.
In the remainder of his letter, Gatto praised his co-stars and the “Impractical Jokers” team “Impractical Jokers” team.
Outside of my family, my relationships with Murr, Q and Sal have been the most important in my life,” the author wrote. “I believe they’ll continue to make people smile. Although four of us are the ones you are watching this show, it’s only possible because of the efforts of talented crew members that work on the sidelines. I am extremely grateful to have had the privilege of working with every one of them. Thank you for letting me entertains you with Jokers to all the incredible fans. The saying goes laughing is the most effective medicine, and I’m hoping I’ve been able to offer a bit of that in the last decade. Making people laugh has been my therapy, especially during these difficult and stressful times that we have found ourselves. As I face the difficulties I’m dealing with, I’m hoping to come up with innovative ways to keep you entertained.
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