Adult Swim has announced that they have ended their association with the co-creator and executive producer of Rick and Morty, Justin Roiland, after he was charged for domestic abuse in Orange County.
Adult Swim is an American adult-oriented nighttime cable television channel, well-known for its distribution and production of animated series such as Rick and Morty, American Dad!, Cowboy Bebop, Futurama, and Bob’s Burgers.
Co-creator Dan Harmon will now be the sole creator. The show is set to continue until at least season 10.
— Rick and Morty (@RickandMorty) January 24, 2023
According to NBC News, Roiland was charged in Orange County with one count of domestic battery with corporal injury and one count of false imprisonment by menace, violence, fraud, or deceit based on an alleged incident in 2020 with an unnamed Jane Doe that Roiland was dating.
In 2020, Roiland was released on a $50,000 bond after entering a not guilty plea. Roiland has previously appeared in a number of pretrial sessions and is scheduled to do so again on April 27.
Since Roiland also voiced both the titular Rick and Morty, Adult Swim added that the voice roles of Rick and Morty will be recast for the show’s future seasons.
After the recasting announcement, audiences have mixed feelings towards the news.
Many fans have expressed the similar opinion on Twitter that Rick and Morty is now “officially dead” and that audiences will no longer be interested in the show given the change of voice actors.
One social media user said, “Honestly don’t know if I can work with new voices. The voices made the characters. Glad people aren’t gonna lose their jobs over one man, but not sure if I’m gonna be interested.”
To which another user replied, “They will literally find someone who can mimic the voices.”