HBO Max and TruTV have reportedly removed impractical joker content after Joe Gatto left the series

Joe Gatto, one of the four stars in TruTV’s hit reality series Impractical jokers, announced New Year’s Eve that he would leave the franchise altogether. This came as a surprise to fans all over the world, but it seems like the story is not over. Since Gatto announced his exit, his face and name have been steadily removed from the show’s websites and social channels. It also looks like some of the sketches including Gatto will be removed as well.

According to Paste, section of Impractical jokers this feature Gatto in “compromising situations” has been removed from the TruTV side, as well as HBO Max, where the series is available for streaming. The removed episodes include sketches showing Gatto massaging and kissing ignorant strangers as part of a prank.

No reason has yet been given to remove these episodes and videos, but there would be more to unfold in the coming days and weeks.

The first statement from Gatto, which was posted on his Instagram account, gave no indication that he had been fired from the series. According to the comedian, he and his wife made the decision to split up and he wanted to walk away from the show to focus on his personal life.

“Sorry in advance for the long and more serious note below, I just wanted to tell you all that I will no longer be involved in Impractical jokers, “Gatto wrote in the post.” Together with my friends, I have devoted a decade of my life to building this franchise and could not be more proud of what has been achieved. But due to some issues in my personal life, I have to walk away. Bessy and I have decided to go amicably, so now I have to focus on being the best father and co-parent of our two incredible children. “

The other three members of the comedy troupe – James “Murr” Murray, Brian “Q” Quinn, Sal Vulcano – shared a joint statement on their social media accounts, after Gatto announced his exit.

“Hello everyone, so here we are,” the trio said in the statement. “After all these years together, we had never imagined doing Impractical jokers without Joe. Although we’re sad to see him go, we want to keep making people laugh, keeping our relationship working with the members of our team that we consider family. With the support of our fans, we return to make a new chapter of Impractical Jokers in January. “

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