While Justin Roiland will no longer be related to Rick and Morty, the show will continue.
LOS ANGELES — Adult Swim has ended its relationship with Justin Roiland, co-creator of the hit animated series “Rick and Morty,” after allegations of serious domestic violence became public.
“Adult Swim has terminated its association with Justin Roiland,” a spokesperson said in a statement Tuesday.
One tweet from the program’s official account added that the show will continue without Roiland, and that “the talented and dedicated team is working hard on Season 7.”
Roiland and Dan Harmon created the animated sci-fi sitcom about a mad scientist and his grandson, both voiced by Roiland. It aired for six seasons on Cartoon Network as part of the Adult Swim night programming block. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the series is locked to the end of season 10 after ordering 70 episodes in 2018.
While Roiland will always be credited as a co-creator, Harmon will now be the lone presenter, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Roiland’s voice acting roles are expected to be recast.
A criminal complaint received by the Associated Press from prosecutors in Orange County, California, charges 42-year-old Roiland with felony injury and wrongful imprisonment by intimidation, fraud, or violence. or cheating on the woman he was living with at the time. The woman was not identified in court documents. The incident and arrest occurred in 2020, but did not gain attention until a pre-trial hearing of the case was held.
Roiland has pleaded not guilty to the charges. He will return to court in April.
Roiland is involved in several other animation projects with streaming service Hulu, which has so far not made any public comment on the allegations.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
https://www.king5.com/article/news/nation-world/adult-swim-ends-relationship-rick-and-morty-creator/507-d668704e-091d-4db9-ab79-2e20b2ea0437 Adult Swim drops Justin Roiland, Rick and Morty co-creator