Justin Roiland, co-creator, executive producer and star of Adult Swim’s flagship animated series rick and morty, is no longer in business with the Warner Bros Discovery label due to serious domestic violence allegations against him that came to light earlier this month.
“Adult Swim has ended its association with Justin Roiland,” a spokesperson said in a statement Tuesday.
After Roiland’s exit, Rick and Morty will continue, with title characters voiced by Roiland recast.
The hit series was created by Roiland and Dan Harmon and received a massive 70-episode order in 2018 as Adult Swim also signed new long-term deals with Roiland and Harmon. The show, which has been renewed through season 10, has completed six seasons, with four more remaining as part of the pickup.
Roiland is also co-creator/executive producer and voice cast member of Hulu’s animated series Opposites of the Sun as well as starring on the streamer’s animated comedy Koala man. News of his involvement in these shows would be coming soon, I hear.
Roiland has been charged by the Orange County District Attorney’s office with one felony count of domestic violence assault causing bodily harm and one felony count of false imprisonment by threats, violence, fraud and/or deception. The incident in question against a Jane Doe allegedly occurred in January 2020, according to a May 2020 complaint. He pleaded not guilty to the charges in October 2020. The semi-sealed case was kept from the public until a hearing on January 12, 2023. Roiland , who was present, is also required to attend a scheduled hearing on April 27.
A trial date has not been set, but Roiland faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.
Roiland’s attorney has insisted his client is innocent, noting that “we also have every expectation that this case is on track to be dismissed once the district attorney’s office completes its methodical review of the evidence.”