This is awful!
Here's the whole story (below):
But if it was Richie's partying that caused him to leave, this is the first Jon has heard of it! He says:
"I think Richie's doing all right, I haven't spoken to him. We were surprised.
It was 3:30pm on show day on Tuesday and we got a phone call that he wouldn't be there. It's a personal matter."
So it wasn't Jon's decision for Richie to leave at all! It was Richie himself who called in sick. Or whatever he is!
How mysterious! It sounds like even JBJ doesn't know for sure!
We hope whatever the personal issue, Richie is able to get it taken care of, so he can get back to work! He still has 999,999 faces to rock!
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