Adult Swim has announced that they have cut ties with Justin Roiland following the news that the Rick and Morty co-creator was charged with felony domestic abuse by the Orange County District Attorney.
In a social media post, Adult Swim said:
“Adult Swim has ended its association with Justin Roiland”
“Rick and Morty will continue”
“The talented and dedicated crew are hard at work on season 7”
Roiland is the co-creator and was the executive producer for the ever-so-popular Rick and Morty. He even voiced both titular characters Rick and Morty. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Adult Swim isn’t even halfway through that whopping 70-episode order for the animated series.
Roiland’s voice roles will obviously have to be recast. He will continue to be credited as a co-creator of the series. Co-creator Dan Harmon will continue on as the lone showrunner. Currently, Rick and Morty is locked in through season 10.
With Adult Swim taking this stand, it will be interesting to see how Hulu responds. Roiland has several projects on that streaming service. This includes being the co-creator of the popular Solar Opposites, on which he also voices the main character. That series was renewed for a fifth season in October. Also, there is Koala Man, which premiered on January 9. Roiland does voicework on that series and is also an executive producer. Along with this he also has an overall deal with 20th Television Animation.
Earlier this month Roiland’s attorney T. Edward Welbourn called the reports “inaccurate” and said:
“To be clear, not only is Justin innocent but we also have every expectation that this matter is on course to be dismissed once the district attorney’s office has completed its methodical review of the evidence.”
NBC News first reported the news of the charges against Justin Roiland on January 12.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter