Adult Swim announced Tuesday that it has cut ties with “Rick and Morty” co-creator Justin Roiland following news this month that he has been charged with felony domestic violence in California.
“Adult Swim has ended its partnership with Justin Roiland,” Marie Moore, spokesperson for Adult Swim/Cartoon Network/Boomerang, said in a statement to the Hollywood Reporter.
A tweet from the “Rick and Morty” account reported Tuesday that the popular adult cartoon will continue: “The talented and dedicated crew are hard at work on Season 7.”
Roiland, who voices the titular characters Rick Sanchez and Morty Smith and serves as the show’s executive producer, was charged in 2020 in Orange County with one felony count of domestic violence involving bodily harm and one count of false imprisonment by threat, violence, fraud and/or or cheating, court records show.
Roiland, 42, pleaded not guilty to the charges in 2020, which stemmed from an incident that allegedly took place on or about January 19, 2020, involving an anonymous woman who was said to be “dating” with Roiland at the time.
According to NBC News, which broke news of the indictment earlier this month, details are being withheld from the public under a precautionary order.
The Post reached out to Roiland’s attorney and Adult Swim on Tuesday for comment. An Adult Swim representative pointed The Post to Tuesday’s tweet from the “Rick and Morty” account.
— Rick and Morty (@RickandMorty) January 24, 2023
Roiland, a two-time Emmy winner, was released in August 2020 on $50,000 bail before being charged in October of that same year, records show.
At a pre-trial hearing on Jan. 12, Roiland’s attorney noted that a plea deal was on the table, but details were unavailable at the time, NBC News reported. Roiland is expected to appear in court on April 27 for another pre-trial hearing. A trial date has not been set.
In an earlier statement to The Post, Roiland’s attorney, T. Edward Welbourn, called media coverage of his client’s case “inaccurate” and vowed to maintain his innocence.
“To be clear, Justin is not only innocent, but we have every expectation that this case is on track to be dropped once the district attorney’s office completes its methodical review of the evidence,” Welbourn said. “We look forward to clearing Justin’s name and moving him forward as quickly as possible.”
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Adult Swim has commissioned 70 new episodes of the animated sci-fi series, which premiered in 2013 — and the team isn’t even halfway through its 2018 order. Roiland had to be recast after his departure.
Roiland has voiced a number of animated roles, most recently working with Hulu as a co-creator of the streaming giant’s “Solar Opposites” show. He is also an executive producer and voicer of Hulu’s “Koala Man”. The Post reached out to Hulu on Tuesday for comment.
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