Adult Swim: After discovering that voice actor Justin Roiland has been charged with felony domestic abuse in California, Adult Swim has opted to cut ties with him.
Roiland had a crucial part in the creation and continuance of Rick and Morty, but the TV network made the big decision without hesitation.
The reports were confirmed by Marie Moore, senior VP of communications for Adult Swim and Cartoon Network, in a statement released on Tuesday:
“Adult Swim has ended its association with Justin Roiland.”
According to a post from the official Rick and Morty Twitter account, the show will go on without Roiland.
“Rick and Morty will continue,” the tweet said. “The talented and dedicated crew are hard at work on Season 7.”
Adult Swim is a late-night television program on Cartoon Network that mostly consists of animated shows targeted at adults.
Its varied and oftentimes avant-garde programming, which blends original series, bought series, and feature films, has helped the block, which made its debut in 2001, become more well-liked.
On Adult Swim, the most well-liked cartoons to air include:
- Rick and Morty
- Aqua Teen Hunger Force
- The Venture Bros
This block’s programming is renowned for its absurd comedy as well as its adult themes and material.
Due to the fact that many of its episodes have become pop culture phenomena and have inspired merch, fan art, and even live events, Adult Swim has a penchant for creating a strong sense of community among its followers.
All things considered, Adult Swim offers both a platform for animators to create and test the boundaries of animated television as well as a place for fans looking for something original and out of the ordinary.
The voiceover roles played by Justin Roiland will be replaced now that Rick and Morty’s renewal is confirmed.
Since the show’s debut, Roiland has been considered as a co-creator.
After his departure, Dan Harmon will be the sole showrunner left.
As previously reported, Rick and Morty will continue to air until season 10.
Justin Roiland is working on other projects while he leaves.
He provides the voice for the lead in the Hulu comedy Solar Opposites, for example.
In addition, on January 9, he produced and voiced the movie Koala Man.
Additionally, Roiland has an agreement with 20th Television Animation.
According to sources, on January 12, Justin Roiland was accused of the following:
- One count of domestic battery with corporal injury
- One count of false imprisonment by menace, violence, fraud, or deceit
The unidentified woman Roiland was seeing at the time claims that the charges are connected to a purported incident from 2020.
In 2020, he entered a not guilty plea and was released after posting $50,000 bail.
Since then, Roiland has taken part in a number of pretrial hearings.
He’s scheduled to appear in court on April 27.
His attorney T. Edward Welbourn claims that the focus of the media throughout the previous month was not accurate.
“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.”
Since Adult Swim cut relations with Justin Roiland, Rick and Morty must now obtain voices for the two main characters as well as additional recurring characters.
Many casting suggestions were posted online once the departure was announced.
Chris Pratt’s Super Mario casting was made fun of by many Twitter users, who also endorsed him for the role.
Others suggested Danny DeVito and Charlie Day as the two main protagonists.
Another person proposed pairing Tom Holland as Morty for Pratt’s Rick.
The show’s progress
The show’s popularity has been ebbing since season 3.
For instance, the sixth season’s shows averaged less than 600,000 US viewers per night.
Rick and Morty could be canceled if viewing figures keep dropping.
The absence of Rick’s characteristics, which have dominated the show for over ten years, might mean that Rick and Morty are entering their last season.