Adult Swim Cuts Ties with Justin Roiland; Rick and Morty Will Continue
Adult Swim announced this afternoon that it has "ended its association" with Justin Roiland but that Rick and Morty will continue.
Following reports from earlier this month that the Rick and Morty co-creator had been charged with one felony count of domestic battery with corporal injury & one felony count of false imprisonment by menace, violence, fraud, and/or deceit, Adult Swim has issued a statement confirming that it has "ended its association" with Justin Roiland. The late-night programming block confirmed that the Roiland & Dan Harmon-created adult animated series will continue and that "the talented and dedicated crew are hard at work on Season 7." Along with being the co-creator and executive producer, Roiland also served as the voice for many characters, with sources saying that a search for new voice cast members is underway.
UPDATE (6:15 PM ET): Deadline Hollywood confirmed that the voice of Rick will be recast and also included that the Adult Swim series had been renewed through Season 10.
Here's a look at the Instagram post from Adult Swim confirming the news:
NBC News Reports on Protective Order Filed Against Justin Roiland
Based on a copy of the complaint obtained by NBC News earlier this month, as well as available public documents seen by the news organization, the incident in question took place around January 19, 2020. It involved an "anonymous Jane Doe" who Roiland was dating at the time. Based on NBC's reporting, Roiland was charged in May 2020 and then arrested & released on a $50,000 bond in August 2020. Roiland would be arraigned in October 2020, where he would plead not guilty to both felony domestic violence charges. Roland's most recent court hearing took place in Orange County, California, on Thursday. NBC reports that Roiland's attorney confirmed that a plea offer was made available to Roiland, though no details were made available, and another hearing was set for April 27th (with the 42-year-old required to attend).
NBC News also offered details of the protective order filed against Roiland in October 2020, as well as the court minutes. Set to run through October 2023, the order states that Roiland "is not to harass, threaten or surveil the person" who was named in the protective order (though not named in public reporting). In addition, Roiland was instructed not to "go within 100 feet" of the individual and to "turn in any firearms" that were in his possession. Beyond the criminal complaint and available public documents, other details of the case (police body camera footage, police reports, abuse investigation reports, medical reports, interview recordings, etc.) are being shielded from the public under a protective order (as is the affidavit supporting Roiland's arrest).
"It is hard to overstate how inaccurate the recent media coverage of this situation has been. To be clear, 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," said Roiland's attorney, T. Edward Welbourn, said in a statement not long after the news broke. "We look forward to clearing Justin's name and helping him move forward as swiftly as possible."