Rick and Morty fans have been slowly getting concerned with the past weeks reporting that co-creator Justin Roiland had been sued for domestic abuse and possible grooming, and today’s news just seems to be the final nail in the coffin of Roiland’s career.
As per an official announcement, Adult Swim has officially cut ties with Roiland. Here’s the post:
— Rick and Morty (@RickandMorty) January 24, 2023
With Roiland being the voice of both titular characters Rick and Morty, the post confirming that the show will continue means that the part has to be recast. Even if they did manage to find someone who could do Roiland’s voices, his unique sense of humor, which was integral to the tone of the show, will ultimately be lost with his departure.
As of now, co-creator Dan Harmon is expected to stay on Rick and Morty as sole showrunner, but the show still has a crew which includes a lot of great artists and writers who all help bring Rick and Morty to life.
Who knows, James Gunn was able to come back to Marvel Studios after he was initially fired, so maybe there’s room for Roiland to return after this fiasco, but based on the tweets that have been coming out, it’s going to be a major uphill battle.
I wonder why Hulu hasn’t dropped him from Solar Opposites yet.
For now, Rick and Morty is expected to run until Season 10. We don’t have a release date yet, but with Roiland gone, we should expect some kind of delay with the series.