Adult Swim, which airs adult comedy Rick and Morty, announced Tuesday that it will no longer be working with series co-creator Justin Roiland. The news comes less than two weeks after he was charged with domestic violence in Orange County.
“Adult Swim has ended its association with Justin Roiland,” read a statement released to social media and the official “Rick and Morty” accounts. “Rick and Morty will continue.”
Roiland, who also co-created and starred in Hulu’s Solar Opposites, appeared in court on Jan. 12 for a pretrial hearing related to charges filed in May 2020.
According to the complaint received by The Times, Roiland faces one charge of assault and one charge of false imprisonment through threats, violence, fraud and deception.
The complaint says the charges relate to an alleged incident that occurred on or about January 19, 2020 and involved an unnamed Jane Doe, who was dating Roiland at the time. Orange County Superior Court records show that Roiland pleaded not guilty to both counts at his October 2020 arraignment.
According to those court filings, Roiland had been released after posting $50,000 bail in August.
Roiland’s attorney denied the allegations, saying in a statement to The Times on January 12 that his client was “innocent” and they expect “this matter to be dismissed once prosecutors have completed their methodical review of the evidence.”
The writer-actor’s legal representative did not immediately respond to The Times’ request for comment on Tuesday.
The court will reconvene for Roiland’s pretrial hearing on April 27.
For six seasons, Roiland voiced the title characters of “Rick and Morty,” mad scientist Rick Sanchez and his grandson Morty Smith. The roles will most likely be recast, as an Adult Swim rep told The Times on Tuesday: “The show will go on without it [Roiland’s] Participation.”
Rick and Morty was renewed for Season 10 in 2018 as part of the 70-episode recording of Adult Swim. Roiland and Dan Harmon co-created the Emmy Award-winning series, which debuted in 2013.
In Tuesday’s announcement, Adult Swim added that “the talented and dedicated crew is hard at work on Season 7.”
Tracy Brown, a Times contributor, contributed to this report.
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/tv/story/2023-01-24/rick-and-morty-justin-roiland-adult-swim-domestic-violence-charges Adult Swim Splits From ‘Rick And Morty’ Justin Roiland