Rick and Morty will continue, but without Justin Roiland
In a statement provided to The Hollywood Reporter, Adult Swim / Cartoon Network communications senior vice president Marie Moore announced that the network has “ended its association with Justin Roiland.”
According to THR sources, plans are currently underway for Roiland’s Rick and Morty roles to be recast, and co-creator Dan Harmon will take over responsibilities as the show’s sole showrunner, though Roiland will still be credited as a co-creator.
A tweet posted to the official Rick and Morty Twitter account did not elaborate beyond that but stated that the show’s remaining crew is still working on season seven.
According to a criminal complaint originally filed in May of 2020 by an unnamed woman, Roiland allegedly “did wilfully and unlawfully inflict corporal injury” and “unlawfully violate the personal liberty of” his then-partner, who was subsequently granted a protective order against him later that year. Roiland pleaded not guilty to the charges.
As THR notes, Adult Swim is still in the thick of a massive 70-episode order for more Rick and Morty that it first finalized back in 2018, leaving it with few options as to how to move forward without being associated with Roiland. Roiland’s next pre-trial appearance is set for April 27th.