Adult Swim cuts ties with ‘Rick and Morty’ co-creator Justin Roiland after domestic violence charges

Adult Swim has lost connection with Rick and Morty co-creator and star Justin Roiland, and continues the new season of the cult series without him. The announcement follows the release of domestic violence charges against Roiland.

Roiland’s alleged involuntary departure was revealed in a post on the official Rick and Morty Twitter account(Opens in a new window) on Tuesday. The post was subsequently retweeted by the official Adult Swim account.

“Adult Swim has severed its association with Justin Roiland,” the account wrote in a black-and-white text image. “Rick and Morty To be continued. The talented and dedicated crew is hard at work on Season 7.”

In addition to co-creation and executive producing Rick and Morty, Roiland has provided the voice for both title characters in all six seasons of the show so far. A spokesman for Adult Swim’s parent company, Warner Bros. Discovery, said those roles are now being filled(Opens in a new window).

Roiland was charged with domestic violence in May 2020, but the case only came to public attention when he appeared in court for a pre-trial hearing earlier this month(Opens in a new window). NBC News reported that the 42-year-old has pleaded not guilty to two crimes: domestic assault and false imprisonment through threats, fraud, violence or deception. His hearing is currently scheduled for April 27.


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Adult Swim ordered at least 70 more episodes of Rick and Morty Back in 2018, he signed a long-term deal with Roiland and co-creator Dan Harmon. The show has since released 30 episodes across three seasons, meaning more than half of that original 70-episode order is now being made with a new cast.

UPDATE: Jan 25, 2023 12:02pm AEDT High on Life developer Squanch Games just announced that they are also no longer working with Roiland. “On January 16, 2023, Squanch Games received notice of termination from Justin Roiland,” the studio said on Twitter. “The passionate team at Squanch will continue to create games that we know our fans will love while continuing to support and improve High on Life.” Released in December of last year, High on Life is a first-person shooter which is based on a concept by Roiland, who was instrumental in its development. Adult Swim cuts ties with ‘Rick and Morty’ co-creator Justin Roiland after domestic violence charges

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