Adult Swim’s Justin Roiland is the star of ‘Rick and Morty.
UPDATE: 3/22/2023 UPDATE. The Orange County District attorney’s office has dropped the charges against Justin Roiland because it did not have sufficient evidence to prove that the case was true beyond a reasonable doubt,” Kimberly Edds, spokeswoman, said in a statement. Roiland commented on social media: “I have always known that these claims were false — and I never had any doubt that this day would come. Although I’m happy that the case has been dismissed, I still feel shaken by the horrific lies that were told about me during the process. I was disappointed that so many people were quick to judge me without knowing all the facts. It was only an ex who tried to get around due process and had me ‘canceled’. It is shameful that it might have succeeded, even partially. However, now that the legal case has ended, I’m determined to move forward and focus both on my creative projects and restoring my good name.” Hulu, Adult Swim and Adult Swim both declined to comment.
1/25/2023 UPDATE – Justin Roiland has also been removed from Hulu’s animated series Solar OppositesStars in and produces the movie, which he co-created. Koala ManHe was also an executive producer and voice actor on the show. 20th Television Animation produced both shows and had previously made a deal. However, that agreement has been terminated. Hulu and 20th Television Animation jointly stated that they have terminated their association with Justin Roiland. Both shows are expected continue.
Justin Roiland was the co-creator of, executive producer, and star of The Amazing Race just a little over a week ago Rick and MortyAdult Swim has stopped working with him after he appeared at a hearing to face domestic violence charges.
“Adult Swim is no longer associated with Justin Roiland,” a representative of the network told Yahoo Entertainment.
She said that animated hits would continue and the official Twitter account of the show also stated the same.
Yahoo Entertainment reached out to Roiland’s attorney for comment.
T. Edward Welbourn was Justin’s attorney when the news broke. He told Yahoo Entertainment, “It is hard not to overstate how inaccurate recent media coverage has been about this situation. We are confident that Justin is innocent and that the matter will be dismissed after the thorough review by the district attorney. We look forward to clearing Justin’s name and helping him move forward as swiftly as possible.”
NBC News Jan. 12 reported that Roiland was charged in May 2020 in connection to an incident that took place in Orange County, Calif. in January 2019. It involved an anonymous woman Roiland was dating at that time. Later, he pleaded not guilty for one felony charge of domestic battery with corporal injuries and one felony charge of false imprisonment by threat, violence, fraud, and/or deceit.
Roiland was prohibited from harassing, stalking, threatening, or surveilling any person within 100 feet of them, according to an October 2020 protective order.
Plans to recast the show, co-created and produced by Community Mastermind Dan Harmon is unknown. Roiland voiced both titles characters. Rick and Morty A renewal deal for 70 episodes was awarded to the show in 2018, and less than half of them have aired.
This story was first published January 24, 2023 at 6 :40 p.m. ET.