Adult Swim cuts ties with ‘Rick and Morty’ co-creator Justin Roiland after domestic violence charges

Adult Swim cuts ties with ‘Rick and Morty’ co-creator Justin Roiland after domestic violence charges

Adult Swim has cut ties with rick and morty co-creator and star Justin Roiland, and is moving forward with the new season of the cult show without him. The announcement comes after felony domestic violence charges against Roiland were made public.

Roiland’s alleged involuntary departure was revealed in a publication in the official rick and morty Twitter account(Opens in a new window) on Tuesday. The post was later retweeted by the official Adult Swim account.

“Adult Swim has ended its association with Justin Roiland,” the account wrote in a black and white caption image. “rick and morty to be continue. The talented and dedicated team is hard at work on Season 7.”

As well as co-creator and executive producer rick and morty, Roiland has provided the voice of the two main characters for all six seasons of the show thus far. A spokesperson for Adult Swim’s parent company, Warner Bros. Discovery, has said that these roles will now be recast.(Opens in a new window).

Roiland was charged with domestic violence in May 2020, however the public did not learn of the case until he appeared in court for a pre-trial hearing earlier this month.(Opens in a new window). NBC News reported that the 42-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to two felony charges: domestic battery with bodily harm and false imprisonment by threat, fraud, violence or deception. His hearing is currently scheduled for April 27.

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Adult Swim ordered at least 70 more episodes of rick and morty in 2018, signing a long-term deal with Roiland and co-creator Dan Harmon. Since then, the show has released 30 episodes across three seasons, meaning more than half of that original 70-episode order will now be made with a new cast.

UPDATE: Jan 25, 2023, 12:02pm AEDT High on Life developer Squanch Games has just announced that they are no longer working with Roiland. “On January 16, 2023, Squanch Games received the resignation of Justin Roiland,” the studio announced via Twitter. “Squanch’s passionate team will continue to develop games we know our fans will love as they continue to support and improve High on Life.” Released in December of last year, High on Life is a first-person shooter based on a concept by Roiland, who was heavily involved in its development.

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