Adult Swim Fires ‘Rick and Morty’ Star Justin Roiland

Adult Swim Fires ‘Rick and Morty’ Star Justin Roiland

Adult Swim Fires ‘Rick and Morty’ Star Justin Roiland

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

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

1/25/2023 UPDATE: Justin Roiland has also been cut from Hulu’s animated series Solar oppositeswhich he co-created, stars and produces, as well as Koala man, on which he was an executive producer and voice actor. 20th Television Animation, which produces both shows, previously had a deal with him, but that didn’t happen. In a joint statement, Hulu and 20th Television Animation tell Yahoo Entertainment, “We have ended our relationship with Justin Roiland.” Both shows are expected to continue.

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

“Adult Swim has ended its relationship with Justin Roiland,” a spokesperson for the network tells Yahoo Entertainment.

He added that the animated success will continue and the series’ official Twitter account said the same.

Yahoo Entertainment has reached out to 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. that this matter is to be dismissed once the prosecution has completed its methodical examination of the evidence. We look forward to clearing Justin’s name and helping him move forward as quickly as possible.”

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

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

A protective order filed in October 2020 prohibited Roiland from harassing, threatening, following or coming within 100 feet of an unnamed person.

Plans to revamp the show, which they co-created Community brain Dan Harmon, are unknown; Roiland voiced both of the title characters. Rick and Morty had received an extremely large renewal deal in 2018 for 70 more episodes and less than half of them have been shown.

This story was originally published on January 24, 2023 at 6:40 pm. ET.

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