Hulu Cuts Link With ‘Rick and Morty’ Justin Roiland

Hulu Cuts Link With ‘Rick and Morty’ Justin Roiland

Hulu has severed ties with Justin Roiland, co-creator of its show “Solar Opposites” and the Adult Swim series “Rick and Morty,” the company announced Wednesday.

The announcement comes a day after Adult Swim announced it had ended its relationship with Roiland and several weeks after news began circulating about domestic violence charges against Roiland. NBC first reported the charges on January 12.

“We have terminated our association with Justin Roiland,” Hulu Originals and 20th TV Animation said in a statement sent to The Times on Wednesday.

Roiland has been attached to two animated series on Hulu, co-creating and starring in “Solar Opposites” and executive produced “Koala Man,” which also featured his voice acting as a guest. Both shows will continue without Roiland’s participation.

The domestic violence charges against Roiland stem from an incident that allegedly occurred on or about January 19, 2020, in Orange County, involving an unnamed Jane Doe who was dating Roiland at the time, according to the complaint The Times found.

Roiland faces one count of domestic battery with intent to cause bodily injury and one count of false imprisonment by threat, violence, fraud and deception. He pleaded not guilty to both felonies in October 2020, court records showed.

Roiland’s attorney has denied the charges, saying in a statement to The Times on January 12 that his client is “innocent” and that they expect “this matter is on track to be dismissed once his a methodological review completed by the District Attorney’s office. evidence.”

Hulu released the third and most recent season of Roiland’s show “Solar Opposites” last summer. In 2021, the show was reportedly renewed for a fourth season. The first season of “Koala Man” premiered on Hulu earlier this month.

Perhaps the biggest void Roiland’s absence has left is on his Adult Swim show “Rick and Morty,” which also airs on Hulu.

Adult Swim, the Cartoon Network’s mature audience counterpart, aired six seasons of the Emmy-winning “Rick and Morty,” which Roiland co-created with Dan Harmon. Roiland also spoke with the titular characters, mad scientist Rick Sanchez and his grandson Morty Smith.

The show was renewed through Season 10 as part of a 70-episode pick-up for Adults in 2018. With development on its seventh season underway, the show still needs to air four more seasons without Roiland. Her acting roles are likely to be recast for the rest of the show’s run, a channel representative said.

Hours after Adults posted their statement on social media On Tuesday, video game studio Squanch Games, which developed Roiland’s matching game “High on Life,” followed up by announcing that Roiland resigned from the company.

“The passionate team at Squanch will continue to develop games that we know our fans will love as they continue to support and improve High on Life,” game developers Burbank said in a statement.

Roiland is scheduled to appear in court for a continued pretrial hearing on April 27.

Times staff writers Tracy Brown, Alexandra Del Rosario and Wendy Lee contributed to this report.

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