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25th Jan 2023

Rick and Morty creator dropped from own show following domestic violence charges

Rory Cashin

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He also voiced both Rick and Morty, but both roles will now be recast.

First released in 2013 and co-created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon, it was announced on Tuesday night that Adult Swim had severed all ties with Roiland. In a brief statement released on social media, the brand stated that: “Adult Swim has ended its association with Justin Roiland. Rick and Morty will continue. The talented and dedicated crew are hard at work on Season 7.”

This follows the news from earlier in January which revealed Roiland had been charged with one felony count of domestic battery with corporal injury and one felony count of false imprisonment by menace, violence, fraud and/or deceit. Roiland is required to attend a hearing for the case on Thursday, 27 April, and if found guilty, could face up to seven years in prison.

A statement released by Roiland’s attorney stated the following: “To be clear, not only is Justin innocent but we also have every expectation that this matter is on course to be dismissed once the District Attorney’s office has completed its methodical review of the evidence. We look forward to clearing Justin’s name and helping him move forward as swiftly as possible.”

In 2018, Adult Swim signed Roiland and Harmon on for a 70-episode deal for Rick and Morty, which sees the show continue through to Season 10, which will now see the final four be completed without Roiland, who will also be recast as the voice performer for both Rick and Morty, as well as several of the supporting characters, with Harmon going forward as the sole executive producer.

Updated: 26 January 2023

Deadline reports that Hulu (who stream their shows on Disney+ in Ireland and the UK) have also dropped Roiland from their streaming shows Solar Opposites and Koala Man, as both executive producer and voice actor. The report states both shows are expected to continue without Roiland’s involvement for future seasons.

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