Adult Swim has cut ties with Justin Roiland following the news that Rick and Morty the co-creator was charged with aggravated domestic violence in Orange County.
“Adult Swim has ended its association with Justin Roiland,” Adult Swim/Cartoon Network/Boomerang svp communications Mairie Moore said in a statement Tuesday.
Adult Swim distributes Rick and Morty, the popular adult animated comedy that Roiland co-created and executive produced, and voiced both the titular Rick and Morty. As The Hollywood Reporter reported on Jan. 17, Adult Swim isn’t even halfway through a massive 70-episode order for the show, one of the brand’s most popular titles, commissioned by the channel in 2018.
Sources say so Rick and Morty is set to continue, with Roiland’s voice roles to be recast. Although Roiland will always be credited as a co-creator, co-creator Dan Harmon will now be the sole showrunner. The show is locked up through season 10.
Roiland still has several projects in the works with Hulu, including as co-creator of the streamer Opposites of the Sun, in which he voices a main character (the show was renewed for a fifth season in October). On the platform Koala man, which premiered on January 9, Roiland does voice work and is also an executive producer. Roiland also still has an overall deal with 20th Television Animation, which is producing Opposites of the Sun and Koala man. The Hollywood Reporter has reached out to Hulu and 20th Television Animation for comment.
On January 12, NBC News was the first to break the news that Roiland was charged with one count of domestic violence assault causing bodily harm and one count of false imprisonment by threats, violence, fraud or deception in Orange County based on an alleged incident from 2020, the year of an unnamed Jane Doe that Roiland dated. Roiland has pleaded not guilty and was released in 2020 on a $50,000 bond. Several court hearings have already taken place, and Roiland is due back in court on April 27.
In a statement earlier this month, Roiland’s attorney T. Edward Welbourn said media coverage of the case has been “inaccurate.” Welbourn added, “To be clear, not only is Justin innocent, but we also have every expectation that this case is on track to be dismissed once the district attorney’s office has completed its methodical review of the evidence.”
Lesley Goldberg contributed reporting.