‘Rick and Morty’ Drops Lead Voice Actor Justin Roiland, Hulu Cuts Ties Too


Adult Swim has cut ties with Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland after the voice actor was accused of domestic violence.

“Adult Swim has ended its association with Justin Roiland,” reads one announcement posted by Rick and Morty’s Twitter account on Tuesday afternoon. “Rick and Morty will continue. The talented and dedicated crew is hard at work on Season 7.”

Roiland’s other projects include co-creating Hulu’s Solar Opposites, where he voices the main character Korvo. The series was renewed for a fifth season in October, but Hulu said in a statement Wednesday that “we have ended our relationship with Justin Roiland.” Solar Opposites and Koala Man, another Hulu show Roiland is involved with, are expected to continue without him.

In January, reports appeared that the Orange County District Attorney’s office had charged Roiland with one felony count of domestic violence with bodily injury and one felony count of false imprisonment by threats, violence, fraud and/or deception. Roiland has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Roiland, who created the adult animated sci-fi sitcom Rick and Morty with Dan Harmon, also voices the main characters Rick Sanchez and Morty Smith. Roiland’s voice roles will reportedly be recast for future seasons.

In 2018, Adult Swim ordered 70 episodes of the hit series, signs long-term deals with Roiland and Harmon. The show was renewed for season 10 and has four more seasons to go after season 6 aired in December.

Roiland is also the founder of the video game development studio Squanch Games. Last week, Roiland resigned from his position.

“On January 16, 2023, Squanch Games received the resignation of Justin Roiland,” reads the statement on Squanch Games’ website, which was published on Tuesday. “The passionate team at Squanch will continue to develop games we know our fans will love while continuing to support and improve High On Life.”

Roiland could not immediately be reached for comment.


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