Joe Gatto’s departure from impractical jokers shocked fans. He left the show after nine seasons, citing personal family reasons for his decision. His departure marked the end of a remarkable chapter that’s been intertwined with laughter and camaraderie. He’s now embarking on fresh endeavors, but his legacy on the hit truTV series will live on.
The premise of impractical jokers centers around four comedians and lifelong friends; Brian “Q” Quinn, James “Murr” Murray, Joe Gatto, and Sal Vulcano who force each other to embarrass themselves in public for money. The show has become a beloved staple of the truTV lineup, attracting millions of viewers every season.
In its first season, impractical jokers became a hit after airing on December 15, 2011 and it quickly made the group of friends known as The Tenderloins famous. The show’s unique concept, using hidden cameras to capture genuine reactions from unsuspecting people, struck a chord with viewers and was instantly popular. The Tenderloins also went on to host a number of other shows and even release a feature film.
Joe announced that he would be leaving the show in December of 2021, midway through season 9. It was an unexpected development for fans who had seen him play such an integral role on the show for over a decade. While the remaining trio vowed to continue on without him, it was clear that the show had lost its charm. This article will take a closer look at what happened to joe on impractical jokers and why the show stumbled in its first few episodes after his exit.