Already 2022 has delivered Outsiders some devastating blows. Two days in, “Impractical Jokers” fans are forced to reconcile with the New Year’s Eve announcement that one of the series’ lead comics, Joe Gatto, is stepping away. Now, fans, are reacting to the saddening news.
Alongside his costars, James “Murr” Murray, Brian “Q” Quinn, and Sal Vulcano, Gatto has remained a consistent contributor since the show’s inception. As such, Popculture states the announcement put quite the damper on “Impractical Jokers” fans’ moods during New Year celebrations.
To express their heartbreak, many of Joe’s fans shared related Giphs and clips to Twitter. Check out a few of the most prominent.
Me after learning that Joe Gatto is leaving Impractical Jokers pic.twitter.com/ZiFq3BPWjD— Alexhahaha ❄️ (@_alexhaa) January 1, 2022
Others shared some of their favorite clips from the Jokers’ earlier seasons, one featuring Joe himself alongside his costar, Murr.
Impractical jokers be so funny then pic.twitter.com/GwRJaCCuem— Ellie (@ElectricEllie_) January 2, 2022
Further, Gatto’s announcement likely signified even more doom and gloom ahead of 2022. Prior to the “Impractical Jokers” news, Outsiders had just learned of the tragic demise of American icon Betty White. Between the two losses, Outsiders aren’t sure how to cope.
First Betty White and now Joe leaving the Impractical Jokers. I feel so sick.— Christina✨ (@laughs_n_lyrics) January 1, 2022
Still, others hope that Joe’s announcement is yet another elaborate prank in the scheme of “Impractical Jokers.”
However, considering the sincerity of Gatto’s Instagram post, and the seriousness of the situation, it doesn’t appear likely.
* next episode of impractical jokers *— jw (@iam_johnw2) January 1, 2022
“ now have joe gatto convince social media hes leaving the show on New Year’s Eve pic.twitter.com/6MUipzbQ1w
‘Impractical Jokers’ Say Farewell to Joe Gatto
Joe Gatto’s departure from “Impractical Jokers” marks a major blow for 2022, though the manner in which it came is equally heartbreaking. According to the star’s Instagram post, which went public late Friday night, Gatto has decided to depart the TruTV series in order to focus on his family.
As he writes in the post, “due to some issues in my personal life, I have to step away. Bessy (Gatto’s wife of eight years) 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.”
With that, Gatto will have some troubles and heartbreak of his own to work through and we wish him all the best as he navigates this new chapter of his life.
Following Gatto’s announcement, the star’s trio of friends shared their own farewell on Instagram, further acknowledging the dynamic shift for “Impractical Jokers.”
Just as Gatto emphasized the importance Murray, Quinn, and Vulcano have had in his life and career, the three pranksters did the same.
“After all these years together,” the remaining trio began, “we never imagined making ‘Impractical Jokers’ without Joe. While we are saddened to see him go, we want to keep making people laugh…With the support of our fans, we’ll get back to making a new chapter of ‘Impractical Jokers’ in January.”