What’s the punchline over scrubbing of ‘Impractical Jokers’ episodes?

What’s the punchline over scrubbing of ‘Impractical Jokers’ episodes?

There’s a lot of funny business going on.

Hidden-camera comedy series “Impractical Jokers” lives on, but some cringe-y episodes have been scrubbed on TruTv and HBOMax.

And it appears to have coincided with the announcement that one of the former members, Joe Gatto, was leaving the four-buddy comedy group.

“Soon after Gatto’s departure, a number of episodes of the TruTV series were reportedly removed from streaming, and it’s not exactly clear at the moment why the changes happened,” according to Cinema Blend.

The scrapped episodes include storylines where Gatto rubs people on a massage chair and kisses unsuspecting strangers at a mall, the entertainment website said.

The episodes featuring Gatto in “compromising situations” — titled “Bull Shiatsu” and “The Dream Crusher” — have also been removed from both TruTV’s site and HBO Max, according to Paste Magazine.

TruTV would not address the episode intrigue.

The quiet scrubbing came around the same time Gatto announced over New Year’s weekend his exit from the popular comedy troupe and the breakup of his marriage.

The embattled star in an old promotional photo.
The embattled star in an old promotional photo.
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“I just wanted to let you all know that I will no longer be involved with ‘Impractical Jokers,’” he wrote on Instagram.

“Due to some issues in my personal life, I have to step away. 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.”

Gatto, 45, attended Monsignor Farrell High School on Staten Island with his three cohorts — Sal Vulcano, Brian “Q” Quinn and James “Murr” Murray — and they went on to perform as the wildly popular “Tenderloins” for over a decade.

Last week, TruTV issued a terse statement to The Post: “After 10 years, Joe Gatto will no longer be a part of the ongoing Impractical Jokers universe. We look forward to continuing to work with our longtime partners Sal, Murr and Brian.  Production starts on Impractical Jokers next week, with new episodes airing in the Spring.”

The Post reported earlier this week that Gatto’s estranged 39-year-old wife, Bessy Gatto, was spotted on Long Island without her wedding ring.

Gatto, however, is not laying low. He kicks off an 11-gig comedy tour next week in Wisconsin.

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