WWith Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland awaiting trial on domestic violence charges, the future of the animated comedy series has been hanging in the balance.
Now, Adult Swim, the network that airs Rick and Morty, has announced that it has cut ties with Roiland and will recast his voice roles on the show. Adult Swim’s decision comes less than two weeks later NBC news first reported on January 12 that Roiland had been charged with felony domestic violence in Orange County, California, in connection with a January 2020 incident involving an unnamed woman he was dating at the time moment The news broke the same day Roiland appeared in court for a pretrial hearing in the case.
“Adult Swim has ended its partnership with Justin Roiland,” Marie Moore, Warner Bros. senior vice president of communications, said in a statement Tuesday. Global Kids, Young Adults and Classics. The Hollywood Reporter.
What charges does Justin Roiland face?
Roiland was charged in 2020 with one count of domestic assault causing bodily harm and one count of false imprisonment by threat, violence, fraud or deception after an alleged incident that year with an anonymous Jane Doe he was with leaving, according to a criminal complaint. filed May 2020 by Orange County District Attorney. He was arrested and released on $50,000 bond in August 2020 and was arraigned in October 2020. An order of protection was also filed in October 2020 that prevents Roiland from going within 100 feet of of the alleged victim.
Roiland has pleaded not guilty, and in a statement, his lawyer T. Edward Welbourn called out the media coverage of the case. “inaccurate”.
“To be clear, not only is Justin innocent, but we also have every expectation that this matter should be dismissed once the district attorney’s office has completed its methodical review of the evidence,” Welbourn said. “We hope to clear Justin’s name and help him move forward as quickly as possible.”
In the days following the January 12 hearing, several people spoke out on social media additional allegations of abuse—including predatory behavior toward minors—against Roiland.
The next pretrial hearing is set for April 27.
What do Justin Roiland’s charges mean for the future of Rick and Morty?
As the co-creator, executive producer and star voice actor of Rick and Morty, Roiland has played an outsized role in the wildly popular series. The show’s sixth season, which averaged 560,000 live viewers per episode, concluded in December 2022, and a seventh season is already in the works as part of a long-term deal for 70 new episodes ordered for Adult Swim in 2018.
Now, Roiland’s voice roles, including those of the titular Rick and Morty, will be recast as the series, which is booked through Season 10, moves forward. Roiland co-creator Dan Harmon will serve as sole showrunner.
Following Adult Swim’s decision, Hulu also dropped Roiland of his two ongoing projects with the streamer, the animated comedy series Solar Opposites, which was renewed for a fifth season in October, and Koala Man, which debuted on January 9. Both programs will continue without Roiland’s participation.
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