Sunday 15 December 2019

Jason Orange quits Take That - 'I no longer wish to do this'

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Jason Orange has quit Take That.

The 44-year-old is understood to have informed bandmates – Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald – that he wanted to quit the band last week.

Last night, he released a statement in a bid to explain his decision to shocked fans.

“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 bandmates, who I feel are like brothers to me.

Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Mark Owen and their manager, Jonathan Wild, reportedly invested £66m (€88.87m) in Icebreaker partnerships which were billed as music-industry investment schemes.
Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Mark Owen and their manager, Jonathan Wild, reportedly invested £66m (€88.87m) in Icebreaker partnerships which were billed as music-industry investment schemes.

“Most especially my gratitude goes to all of the good and kind, beautiful and ever-loyal fans of the band, without who none of this could have been possible.”

Jason said there were no disagreements with the band – and he thought about leaving shortly after Take That’s Progress tour ended in 2011.

“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.”

English boy band Take That pose in combat boots, boxer shorts and red boxing gloves, as worn in their first video 'Do What You Like', 1991. From left to right, Mark Owen, Howard Donald, Jason Orange, Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
English boy band Take That pose in combat boots, boxer shorts and red boxing gloves, as worn in their first video 'Do What You Like', 1991. From left to right, Mark Owen, Howard Donald, Jason Orange, Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Gary Barlow, Jason Orange, Mark Owen, Howard Donald and Robbie Williams of Take That perform onstage at The Brit Awards 2011 held at The O2 Arena in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 23: (UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS OUT) (L-R) Howard Donald, Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Jason Orange of Take That performs on stage at the band's opening night of their 'Ultimate Tour 2006' at Metro Radio Arena on April 23, 2006 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England. The group are due to perform at venues in Birmngham, Glasgow, Sheffield, Manchester, London, Belfast, Cardiff and Milton Keynes during their 29 date UK tour. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
Jason Orange of Take That performs onstage during rehearsals for the first night of 'Take That Present: at the Stadium of Light on June 4, 2009 in Sunderland, England Photo: Getty Images

It’s thought Take that will continue with Gary, Howard and Mark. Robbie Williams, who left Take That in 1995 but performing with them on their last tour, is not believed to be rejoining them on a permanent basis.

Gary, Howard and Mark reacted to Jason’s news as a “sad day for us”.

“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.”

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( from left) Jason Orange , Howard Donald, Robbie Williams, Mark Owen and Gary Barlow of Take That. Photo: PA
Take That's Jason Orange and Howard Donald. Photo: PA
Jason Orange of Take That performs onstage during rehearsals for the first night of 'Take That Present: at the Stadium of Light on June 4, 2009 in Sunderland, England Photo: Getty Images
(L to R) Mark Owen, Jason Orange, Gary Barlow and Howard Donald of Take That perform onstage during rehearsals for the first night of 'Take That Present: at the Stadium of Light on June 4, 2009 in Sunderland, England Photo: Getty Images
(L to R) Mark Owen, Jason Orange, Howard Donald and Gary Barlow of Take That perform onstage during rehearsals for the first night of 'Take That Present: at the Stadium of Light on June 4, 2009 in Sunderland, England Photo: Getty Images
Mark Owen, Jason Orange, Howard Donald and Gary Barlow of Take That perform onstage during rehearsals for the first night of 'Take That Present: at the Stadium of Light on June 4, 2009 in Sunderland, England Photo: Getty Images
Mark Owen, Jason Orange, Howard Donald and Gary Barlow of Take That perform onstage during rehearsals for the first night of 'Take That Present: at the Stadium of Light on June 4, 2009 in Sunderland, England Photo: Getty Images
Mark Owen, Jason Orange, Gary Barlow and Howard Donald of Take That perform onstage during the first night show of 'Take That Present: The Circus Tour Live' at the Stadium of Light on June 5, 2009 in Sunderland, England Photo: Getty Images
Mark Owen, Jason Orange, Gary Barlow and Howard Donald of Take That perform onstage during the first night show of 'Take That Present: The Circus Tour Live' at the Stadium of Light on June 5, 2009 in Sunderland, England Photo: Getty Images
Mark Owen, Jason Orange, Gary Barlow and Howard Donald of Take That perform onstage during the first night show of 'Take That Present: The Circus Tour Live' at the Stadium of Light on June 5, 2009 in Sunderland, England Photo: Getty Images
Mark Owen and Jason Orange (L) of Take That perform onstage during the first night show of 'Take That Present: The Circus Tour Live' at the Stadium of Light on June 5, 2009 in Sunderland, England Photo: Getty Images
Mark Owen, Jason Orange, Gary Barlow and Howard Donald of Take That perform onstage during the first night show of 'Take That Present: The Circus Tour Live' at the Stadium of Light on June 5, 2009 in Sunderland, England Photo: Getty Images
Mark Owen, Jason Orange, Gary Barlow and Howard Donald of Take That perform onstage during the first night show of 'Take That Present: The Circus Tour Live' Photo: Getty Images
Howard Donald, Mark Owne, Gary Barlow and Jason Orange of Take That perform at the 2008 MTV Europe Music Awards. Photo: Kevin Mazur, Getty Images

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