Impractical Jokers address future of the show after Joe Gatto quits

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  • Joe Gatto
    American TV actor for the Impractical Jokers show and member of The Tenderloins comedy group
  • Sal Vulcano
    Actor and stand-up comedian for the Impractical Jokers TV show and The Tenderloins comedy group
  • Brian Quinn
    American TV actor for the Impractical Jokers show and member of The Tenderloins comedy group
Photo credit: truTV
Photo credit: truTV

Cult reality series Impractical Jokers has confirmed its future following the news that one of its original stars would be stepping down from the show.

After 10 years starring on Impractical Jokers alongside his fellow Tenderloin members James Murray, Brian Quinn and Sal Vulcano, Joe Gatto confirmed on Saturday (January 1) that he had quit the series.

Now, Murr, Q and Sal have addressed the hidden-camera reality show's future, confirming in a joint statement that work on Impractical Jokers will go ahead later this month.

"After all these years together, we never imagined making Impractical Jokers without Joe," the three comics wrote on Instagram.

Photo credit: Taylor Hill - Getty Images
Photo credit: Taylor Hill - Getty Images

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"While we are saddened to see him go, we want to keep making people laugh, keep our relationship with the Impractical Jokers fans going, and keep working with the members of our team that we consider family.

"With the support of our fans, we'll get back to making a new chapter of Impractical Jokers in January."

News of Impractical Jokers' future comes just days after Gatto explained that he would be leaving the franchise he co-created after splitting from his wife Bessy.

"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," the stand-up told fans on social media.

Photo credit: truTV
Photo credit: truTV

"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."

Offering his support to fellow troupe members, Gatto added: "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."

As well as paying tribute to the "hard work" of Impractical Jokers' "talented" cast and crew, Gatto thanked viewers for their continued support.

"As I work through the challenges I am facing, I hope to and am excited to create new ways to entertain you," he concluded.

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