Adult Swim has cut ties with Justin Roiland, the co-creator of the popular animated series “Rick and Morty,” after he was charged with domestic violence earlier this month.
Adult Swim has “terminated its partnership” with Roiland, according to a statement shared on the show’s official website. Twitter account and retweeted by the network.
“‘Rick and Morty’ will continue,” the statement added. “The talented and dedicated team is hard at work on Season 7.”
In addition to being the show’s co-creator, the 42-year-old Roiland has also served as a writer and executive producer, voicing the show’s two lead characters, along with several other supporting characters for the show’s first six seasons.
Roiland is awaiting trial on felony domestic violence charges against a former girlfriend.
A criminal complaint obtained by The Associated Press earlier this month from Orange County, California, prosecutors charged Roiland with bodily harm and false imprisonment for threat, fraud, violence or deceit against the woman he was living with at the time. . The woman was not identified in court documents.
Roiland has pleaded not guilty.
The event occurred in January 2020 and Roiland was charged in May of that year. A pre-trial hearing was held on January 12.
Roiland will return to court in April. A trial date has not been set.
Roiland created the animated sci-fi comedy with Dan Harmon. It has been broadcast since 2013. The two main characters, a mad scientist and his grandson, are voiced by Roiland. The series won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program in 2018 and again in 2020.
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