As every dedicated Take That fan will know already, Jason Orange has left the band.
A statement was issued last night (24 September) much to the deep chagrin of the group’s following, which confirmed that while "there have been no fallings out", Orange does "not wish to commit to recording and promoting a new album".
One of the group’s less high-profile members, Orange was better known for his breakdancing (which begs the question, who will do that now?), occasionally performed in white robes, an endeavour frontman Gary Barlow never managed to master as artfully. His vocal 'prowess' can be heard on Take That solo track 'Wooden Boat'.
And yet, Twitter has reacted strongly to the news, with his name trending all morning on the social media site. Naturally, there was an outpouring as some expressed their grief at his departure and fond memories of the singer.
Once, Jason Orange lay in my lap during an interview. I rank this above my wedding day & giving birth. (Not really, but it was a good day).; Jo Elvin (@jo_elvin) September 25, 2011
Jason orange has left Take That. What do we do now? Riot? Looting? #devastated; Jack Whitehall (@jackwhitehall) September 24, 2014
Genuinely sad that Jason Orange has quit Take That. Gonna listen to Wooden Boat on repeat in tribute.; Tom Eames (@eamezey) September 24, 2014
Jason Orange and #takethat trending! ...I still can't believe this is actually happening...definitely in the 6 stages of grief rn! :'(; ╪ Kala ╪ (@Kala_4FiveTT) September 24, 2014
The helpline that was famously set up to help grieving Take That fans contend with their loss in 1996 was a subject of many tweets, with (hopefully joking) fans calling for it to be reinstated.
Can't believe Jason Orange has left Take That, really hope they set up a helpline like in the 90s. #teenangst; Lara Foot (@LaraCello) September 25, 2014
There had better be some kind of helpline set up to deal with the fall out from this Jason Orange situation.; David Brain (@davidgbrain) September 25, 2014
This is the end. Is the helpline still working? #jasonorange; hannah (@hannahkaty) September 25, 2014
With the news about Jason Orange.. I am going to cry myself to sleep and await news of some sort of helpline to call.; Sarah Parker (@Sarah_Parker7) September 24, 2014
And some doubted that his departure would be markedly noticeable.
If you want to know what Take That will be like without Jason Orange just listen to any of their old songs; Paul Silburn (@PaulSilburn) September 25, 2014
However, the best reaction has to come from Innocent Drinks, who saw an marketing opportunity in his exit.
Jason Orange has quit Take That. We make orange juice. Marketing opportunity of the century. pic.twitter.com/AGgGDGJPOk; innocent drinks (@innocentdrinks) September 25, 2014
Orange’s next career moves are not yet known.Reuse content