Joe Gatto Announces He's Leaving 'Impractical Jokers'


| LAST UPDATE 01/04/2022

By Kayla Black
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For more than a decade, Impractical Jokers has been pulling pranks that leave us in stitches. But the four-man comedy group has been turned upside down by the shocking announcement from one of its core members.

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Just as 2021 was coming to a close, Joe Gatto broke the news that his time with Q, Sal, and Murr had come to an end. In the wake of a split from his wife, the comedian wants more time to spend with 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," the 45-year-old wrote to his fans. While Joe couldn't stress enough how happy he is with the franchise, his home life needs to be his priority.

"[I] couldn't be prouder of what has been accomplished," Joe confessed. "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." And in doing so, Gatto is saying goodbye to his comedy troop that dates back to his high school days. In fact, Joe linked up with Sal, Q, and Murr in 1999 before launching their successful show over two decades later. And it's safe to say that his fellow comedians will miss him dearly.

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"Hi everyone, so here we are," Brian Quinn shared on his Instagram account in a joint statement. "After all these years together, we never imagined making Impractical Jokers without Joe." But as they say in show business, the show must go on, and the three remaining members are gearing up for their 10th season, slotted for the fall of 2022. And while it can be hard to tread forward without one of the founding four, the Impractical Jokers crew feel they can take the next step thanks to their loyal fanbase.

We can't wait to see what's next for the group of three - and be sure to check back for more need-to-know comedy updates.