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    Jason Orange Has Quit Take That

    It's like 1996 all over again. Where's the hotline number? :(

    Bad news, guys. Jason Orange has quit Take That. :(

    Getty Images Ben Pruchnie

    It's like 1996 all over again.

    Gary Barlow announced the news through Twitter this evening.

    Hi everyone, if you haven’t heard our sad news - http://t.co/p2yMZAVh8Z

    Gary Barlow@GaryBarlow

    Hi everyone, if you haven’t heard our sad news - http://t.co/p2yMZAVh8Z

    10:29 PM - 24 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    While Jason explained on their website that he no longer wishes to continue in the band, he emphasised there are no bad feelings.

    I want to start by saying how proud I am of what we have achieved together over the years. However, at a band meeting last week I confirmed to Mark, Gary and Howard that I do not wish to commit to recording and promoting a new album. I have spent some of the best years of my life with Take That and I'd like to thank everyone who has been a part of my journey, including my band mates, who I feel are like brothers to me. Most especially my gratitude goes to all of the good and kind, beautiful and ever-loyal fans of the band, without whom none of this could have been possible. Thank you.At the end of The Progress Tour I began to question whether it might be the right time for me to not continue on with Take That. At the start of this year and with my full knowledge and blessing the guys began writing new material. There have been no fallings out, only a decision on my part that I no longer wish to do this. I know how much Mark, Gary and Howard enjoy writing and making music, and they know that they have my full support and encouragement to continue on with what is to be another chapter for the band.
    This is a sad day for us. Jason leaving is a huge loss both professionally and even more so personally. We first became aware of Jason's reservations a couple of years ago but had hoped that by giving him the desired time and space he may begin to feel differently. This has not been the case and we now have to accept and fully respect his decision which we know hasn't been an easy one. Jason's energy and belief in what this band could achieve has made it what it is today, and we'll forever be grateful for his enthusiasm, dedication and inspiration over the years.Mark, Gary and Howard

    And fans were quick to express their sadness online.

    Jason Orange is quitting @takethat. It's like 1996 all over again. What's the hotline number? :(

    Denise O'Donoghue@deniseodonoghue

    Jason Orange is quitting @takethat. It's like 1996 all over again.

    What's the hotline number? :(

    11:07 PM - 24 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Totally gutted Jason orange has left take that..as a massive fan he'll be missed so much..good luck to him :-(

    Elaine @geekchic36

    Totally gutted Jason orange has left take that..as a massive fan he'll be missed so much..good luck to him :-(

    11:08 PM - 24 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Jason orange leaving take that??The fact that it's so unexpected makes it much harder to take! Wooden boat on repeat! #byejason #takethat

    Kate Fulham@KateFulham

    Jason orange leaving take that??The fact that it's so unexpected makes it much harder to take! Wooden boat on repeat! #byejason #takethat

    11:10 PM - 24 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    All the thirty something women gonna a be clamouring for the helplines all over again now jason orange has left take that #notrobbiewilliams

    adam@adamconlon2013

    All the thirty something women gonna a be clamouring for the helplines all over again now jason orange has left take that #notrobbiewilliams

    11:10 PM - 24 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Although there were of course the inevitable jokes thrown in.

    Just try and have a little patience with all the jokes about Jason Orange. Pray they'll be over soon. It only takes a minute to ignore them

    Amanda@Pandamoanimum

    Just try and have a little patience with all the jokes about Jason Orange.

    Pray they'll be over soon.

    It only takes a minute to ignore them

    11:05 PM - 24 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    With Jason Orange gone, have Take That lost their appeel?

    Greg James@gregjames

    With Jason Orange gone, have Take That lost their appeel?

    10:42 PM - 24 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Blow for David Cameron as Jason Orange quits Take That. If only there was some way to stop the Tories for good.

    A_DarlingMP@A_DarlingMP

    Blow for David Cameron as Jason Orange quits Take That. If only there was some way to stop the Tories for good.

    11:06 PM - 24 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Jason Orange... He was the only member of take that who wasn't fiddling his taxes, right? And he's quit now? Good for him.

    Daniel Kelly@DanielKelly84

    Jason Orange... He was the only member of take that who wasn't fiddling his taxes, right? And he's quit now? Good for him.

    11:12 PM - 24 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    The feels. :(

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