Justin Roiland Dropped From Rick And Morty After Domestic Abuse Charges – Justin Roiland, who previously provided the voices for the main characters on the animated series Rick and Morty, will no longer be working on the show due to his recent felony domestic abuse charge in Orange County. The 42-year-old has pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial after being charged with corporal injury and false imprisonment by menace, fraud, violence or deceit. The charges relate to a 2020 incident against an unidentified woman Roiland was living with and dating at the time.
In a statement earlier this month, Roiland’s attorney T Edward Welbourn said: “Not only is Justin innocent but we also have every expectation that this matter is on course to be dismissed once the district attorney’s office has completed its methodical review of the evidence.” Roiland and Dan Harmon created the animated sci-fi sitcom about a mad scientist and his grandson, both voiced by Roiland.
On Tuesday, Marie Moore, senior vice president of communications at the show’s distributor Adult Swim, released a statement saying: “Adult Swim has ended its association with Justin Roiland.” After Rick and Morty became a huge hit, the show’s distributor Adult Swim ordered an additional 70 episodes in 2018 – a massive commitment that would take Rick and Morty to 10 seasons. Season six finished airing in December.
Roiland, the voice actor for Rick and Morty and other characters, will reportedly have his voice roles recast while he remains credited as co-creator. Harmon will now be the sole showrunner, according to unnamed sources. Roiland also co-created and provides a voice on the animated comedy Solar Opposites, and provides a voice and executive produces the animated series Koala Man.
Both are broadcast on Hulu in the US and Disney+ around the world. The charges against Roiland first emerged two weeks ago when he appeared in court for a pre-trial hearing. A trial date has not yet been set, but another pre-trial hearing has been set for 27 April.