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Adult Swim Drops ‘Rick and Morty’ Co-Creator Justin Roiland

Network is reportedly cutting ties with the prolific animation producer and voice actor in the wake of his being charged for an alleged incident against an unnamed girlfriend in 2020.

Justin Roiland, co-creator of the hit Emmy Award-winning animated series Rick and Morty, has been dropped by Adult Swim in the wake of his being charged with felony domestic violence, according to Variety. They had previously reported that the felony complaint was based on an incident that happened “on or around Jan. 19, 2020, against an unnamed Jane Doe who was dating Roiland at the time.”

A network statement just released said, “Adult Swim has ended its association with Justin Roiland.”

This past January 13, the prolific animation producer and voice actor faced a pre-trial hearing on charges of felony false imprisonment by menace, violence, fraud and/or deceit he pleaded not guilty to in 2020. While no trial date has been set, he faces another pre-trial hearing on April 27.

The hugely popular Rick and Morty was renewed for 70 episodes back in 2018. Season 6 just finished its run last month, with a total of 61 episodes of the show airing to date.

Roiland’s newest series, the Hulu Original Koala Man he executive produces along with creator Michael Cusack, just premiered January 9. The original 2D animated comedy series follows Koala Man, a middle-aged dad, Kevin, and his not-so-secret identity, whose only superpower is a burning passion for following rules and snuffing out petty crime in the town of Dapto. The series stars Michael Cusack, Hugh Jackman, Sarah Snook, Jemaine Clement, and Demi Lardner. 

Roiland also co-created Hulu’s Solar Opposites and voices the main character, Korvo. The show, originally greenlit for two seasons, was renewed for a third back in 2020. He has lent his voice to episodes of Adventure Time, Gravity Falls, Fish Hooks, The Simpsons, Robot Chicken, and more. He founded animation studio Justin Roiland’s Solo Vanity Card Productions! as well as Squanch Games.

He remains free on a $50,000 bond.

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Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.