Adult swimming cuts ties with ‘Rick and Morty’ co-creator Justin Roiland following domestic violence allegations

Adult swimming has severed ties with Rick and Morty co-creator and star Justin Roiland, and is continuing with a new season of the hit show without him. This announcement comes after allegations of serious domestic violence against Roland were made public.

Roiland’s presumably involuntary departure was revealed in a post on the official Rick and Morty Twitter account(Opens in a new window) on Tuesday. The post was later reposted by the official Adult Swim account.

“Adult Swim has terminated its association with Justin Roiland,” the account wrote in a black and white text image. “Rick and Morty will continue. The talented and dedicated team is working hard on Season 7.”

In addition to co-creating and executive producing Rick and Morty, Roiland has voiced both main characters for all six seasons of the show so far. A spokesperson for Adult Swim’s parent company, Warner Bros. Discovery said these roles will now be replayed(Opens in a new window).

Roiland was charged with domestic violence in May 2020, however the public was unaware of the incident 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 has pleaded not guilty to two felony counts: domestic assault causing bodily harm and false imprisonment for intimidation, fraud, violence or deception. His hearing is currently scheduled for April 27.

Adult Swim ordered at least 70 more episodes Rick and Morty back in 2018, signed a long-term contract with Roiland and co-creator Dan Harmon. Since then, the series has released 30 episodes over three seasons, meaning more than half of the original 70 episodes will be made with the new cast.

UPDATE: Jan 25, 2023, 12:02 p.m. AEDT The developer High on Life Squanch Games has just announced that they are no longer working with Roiland. “On January 16, 2023, Squnch Games received the resignation of Justin Roiland,” the company announced via Twitter. “The passionate team at Squnch will continue to develop the games we know fans will love while continuing to support and improve High on Life.” Released last December, High on Life is a first-person shooter based on the idea of ​​Roiland, who was heavily involved in its development.


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