Star of Impractical Jokers quits for family reasons

Joe Gatto one of the stars of the TruTv franchise series Impractical Jokers is leaving the comedy troupe after a ten year run.

Gatto, one of the quartet of jokers posted the news on his  Instagram account alluding to “the challenges I am facing” and a promise to “create new ways to entertain you.”

“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,” he wrote. “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.

How Gatto’s departure affects the future of the group is as yet unknown but the stars recently  had their popular show renewed for a tenth season.

He continued, “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.”

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