Adult Swim broke off the relationship with Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland in the wake of the news that he charged with the crime of domestic violence, The Hollywood Reporter notes. Roiland, who voiced Rick and Morty in the animated hit, will be recast.
“Adult Swim has terminated its relationship with Justin Roiland,” a spokesperson said in a statement. Dan Harmon is now the sole creator of Rick and Morty, who inks a 70-episode deal that the channel is back in 2018. The series is currently broadcast for six seasons and is locked within 10.
News broke earlier this year that Roiland was charged in 2020 with one felony count of domestic battery with corporal injury and one felony count of false imprisonment by threat, violence, fraud and/or deception. He was accused of instigating a violent incident with a Jane Doe he was in a relationship with at the time; the woman later obtained a protective order against him. Roiland pleaded not guilty in 2020 and appeared in court earlier this month as part of a pre-trial hearing. He faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.
In addition to the title Rick and Morty, Roiland created the animated series for Hulu Opposite of Solar, where he also served as a voice actor and executive producer. In addition, he acted in a series on Hulu Koala Man. Hulu has not commented on Roiland’s domestic violence trial.