Adult Swim Fires ‘Rick and Morty’ Co-Creator and Star Justin Roiland Over Domestic Violence Allegations; show will continue

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Justin Roiland attends Comic-Con International in July 2019. (Photo: Araya Diaz/Getty Images)

Just over a week after Justin Roiland, the co-creator, executive producer and star of Rick and Mortyappeared at a domestic violence pretrial hearing, Adult Swim says it is no longer working with him.

“Adult Swim has ended its partnership with Justin Roiland,” a network representative tells Yahoo Entertainment.

She added that the animated hit would continue, and the show’s official Twitter account said the same.

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Yahoo Entertainment has contacted Roiland’s attorney for comment.

When news of the case broke, his attorney T. Edward Welbourn told Yahoo Entertainment, “It’s hard to overstate how inaccurate the recent media coverage of this situation has been. To be clear, Justin is not only innocent, But we also have all the expectations.” that this case is on track to be dismissed once the district attorney’s office completes its methodical review of the evidence. We look forward to clearing Justin’s name and moving him forward as soon as possible. “

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"Rick and Morty" characters Rick Sanchez and Morty Smith, both of whom are voiced by Justin Roiland, depicted in the show's third season.  (Photo: Adult Swimming/Courtesy: Everett Collection)

“Rick and Morty” characters Rick Sanchez and Morty Smith, both of whom are voiced by Justin Roiland, depicted in the show’s third season. (Photo: Adult Swimming/Courtesy: Everett Collection)

NBC News reported on January 12 that Roiland had been charged in May 2020 for an incident that occurred in January of that year in Orange County, California, involving an anonymous woman whom Roiland was dating at the time. He later pleaded not guilty to one count of domestic violence involving bodily harm and one count of false imprisonment by threat, violence, fraud and/or deceit.

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A protection order filed in October 2020 banned Roiland from harassing, threatening, guarding, or coming within 100 feet of an unnamed person.

Plans to recast the show, which was co-created by Community mastermind Dan Harmon, are unknown; Roiland voiced both title characters. Rick and Morty had been awarded an extraordinarily large renewal deal in 2018 for an additional 70 episodes, and less than half of those have aired.

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