The world of pop was shaken yesterday by the news that Take That member Jason Orange had quit the band. It also seems that Robbie Williams will not be re-joining.
Jason announced his news in a statement on the band's website. "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," he wrote. "There have been no fallings out, only a decision on my part that I no longer wish to do this." Maybe poor Jason just ran out of Patience!
In a joint message, band members Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald admitted they knew this had been coming for a long time. "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," the statement read.
Fans have taken to social media to express their sadness/shock/delight:
This is a sad day… Jason Orange quits Take That… and then there was 3
— Amanda ☼ (@amandaormston) September 25, 2014
Jason Orange has left Take That. Can they still do a new tour with 3 of them?! Might look a bit empty up there on stage!
— Up All Hours (@UpAllHours) September 25, 2014
— ╪ Kala ╪ (@Kala_4FiveTT) September 24, 2014
Cannot believe Jason Orange has quit Take that. Who us everyones least favourite member of take that going to be now!
— Steve Goodman (@MrSteveGoodman) September 25, 2014
Some just really didn't care:
Jason Orange leaving Take That would've been like Ringo leaving The Beatles. Will anyone notice?
— Ben Peyton (@MrBenPeyton) September 25, 2014
I can’t believe Jason Orange left before my Take That tattoo was finished. Hardly seems worth getting him filled in now.
— Damien Owens (@OwensDamien) September 24, 2014
— Geoff Norcott (@GeoffNorcott) September 25, 2014
The reaction to Jason's departure was not QUITE as crazy as when Take That announced their split back in 1996:
Jason Orange has quit Take That. No emergency helpline required.
— Jim Nugent (@JimJimNugent) September 24, 2014
Breaking News:Jason Orange to give out his own mobile number as helpline for fans struggling to cope with news of his departure.#JasonOrange
— Dustin The Turkey (@DustinOfficial) September 24, 2014
And now, in Jason's honour, let us take this opportunity to enjoy some truly cringey early band photos! We have no idea what is going on here:
That short sleeved white polo neck. Divine: