Adult Swim has decided to cut ties with Rick And Morty’s co-creator Justin Roiland following the domestic violence allegations that came in with the misdemeanor domestic violence he was previously charged with. The case was revealed to the general public earlier this month on Jan. 12, and the Cartoon Network program block has confirmed that the Smith family’s grandfather and son will be recast in light of the controversy.
At this point, there’s no word yet on who will be the new actor, or actors, who will be bringing to life Rick Sanchez and Morty Smith, with Roiland having played both roles on the Adult Swim series for the past six seasons. By confirming that Warner Bros. Discovery ended its relationship with Roiland, a spokesperson said the following in conversation with entertainment outlet Deadline:
“Adult Swim has ended its partnership with Justin Roiland.”
In addition to voicing the titular characters of the surreal animated series, Roiland also voiced a number of supporting characters who played roles in the animated show, including Mr. Meeseeks, “Ants in my Eyes Johnson”, Mr. Poopybutthole, Noob-Noob, and “Mr. Always Wants To Be Hunted” just to name a few. Roiland also worked as an animator, writer, director and producer on the series.
Rick and Morty’s future
Adult Swim currently plans to continue the series as work continues on seasons seven and eight Rick and Morty. Currently, no other cast members and/or writers have stated that they will be leaving the series. While Roiland may be best known for his work on the Cartoon Network juggernaut, he’s also had a hand in Hulu productions, koala man and Solar Oppositesthough his status with those projects and their future is yet to be confirmed.
Roiland also recently worked on the first-person shooter, High in life, produced by Squanch Games. As with the Hulu projects, no word has been released on the creator’s future with that company.
As Deadline stated, no trial date has yet been set for Roiland, but if convicted, he could face up to seven years in prison. Roiland’s attorney stated the following:
“We also have every expectation that this case is on track to be dismissed once the district attorney’s office completes its methodical review of the evidence.”
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