On Friday (31 December 2021), Gatto stated he would “no longer be involved with Impractical Jokers” and that he had made the choice to step away “due to some issues in my personal life.”
On Instagram, Gatto revealed he and his spouse Bessy had not too long ago separated and that he was now fully focussed on “being the best father and co-parent” to his two kids, Milana Francis and Remington Joseph Gatto.
The first season of the hidden-camera actuality show was launched in 2011, and the show starred Sal Vulcano, Brian “Q” Quinn, and James “Murr” Murray, alongside Gatto – collectively often called the Tenderloins comedy troupe.
Gatto wrote: “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.”
In a joint assertion launched on Sunday (2 January), the remaining cast members stated they “never imagined making Impractical Jokers” with out Gatto.
However, the troupe members confirmed the show would go on.
Their assertion learn: “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 we consider family.”
“We’ll get back to making a new chapter of Impractical Jokers in January,” Vulcano, Quinn and Murray informed their followers, whereas thanking them for supporting the group.
Gatto co-founded comedy troupe the Tenderloins with Quinn, Murray, and Vulcano in 1998.
While they efficiently navigated the sketch comedy and improv circuit within the US for some time, the group was catapulted into the nationwide highlight when TruTV picked up Impractical Jokers a decade in the past.
The show has been renewed for a tenth season.
In an announcement on the separation, Bessy stated: “Although we will no longer be a couple, we will always be a family to our beautiful kids and we look forward to co-parenting together. We ask that you please respect our privacy as we navigate this new chapter together.”