Adult Swim has severed ties with Justin Roiland following news that the Rick and Morty co-creator was charged with felony domestic assault in Orange County.
“Adult Swim has terminated its relationship with Justin Roiland,” stated Adult Swim/Cartoon Network/Boomerang senior vp communications Marie Moore in a statement Tuesday.
Rick and Morty, the hit adult animated sitcom that Roiland co-created and executive produced, and for which he voiced both the titular Rick and Morty, is distributed by Adult Swim. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Adult Swim isn’t even halfway through a mammoth 70-episode order for the show, which is one of the brand’s most popular titles and was commissioned by the channel in 2018.
According to sources, Rick and Morty will continue, with Roiland’s vocal roles being recast. Though Roiland will always be acknowledged as a co-creator, Dan Harmon, another co-creator, will now be the sole showrunner. The show has a season 10 commitment.
Roiland is still working on numerous projects with Hulu, including as a co-creator on the streaming service’s Solar Opposites, in which he voices a prominent character (the show was renewed for a fifth season in October). Roiland conducts voice work and serves as an executive producer on the platform’s Koala Man, which aired on January 9. Roiland is also still under contract with 20th Television Animation, which produces Solar Opposites and Koala Man. Hulu and 20th Television Animation have been contacted for comment by The Hollywood Reporter.
On Jan. 12, NBC News was the first to report that Roiland had been charged in Orange County with one count of domestic battery with corporal injury and one count of false imprisonment by threat, violence, fraud, or deceit stemming from an alleged 2020 incident with an unnamed Jane Doe who Roiland was dating. Roiland pleads not guilty and was freed in 2020 on a $50,000 bail. Several pretrial sessions have already taken place, and Roiland is scheduled to appear in court on April 27.
Roiland’s attorney, T. Edward Welbourn, stated earlier this month that the media coverage of the case has been “inaccurate.” “To be clear, not only is Justin innocent, but we have every anticipation that this matter will be dismissed after the district attorney’s office has concluded its systematic assessment of the facts,” Welbourn added.