Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland appeared in court a few weeks back for a pre-trial hearing on a felony domestic abuse case in Orange County. He pleaded not guilty, and a statement said he was looking forward to having a chance to clear his name. There was another pre-trial hearing scheduled on April 27th.

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That seems to be enough for Adult Swim. They have cut him off and severed ties with him. In a statement today from Adult Swim/Cartoon Network/Boomerang senior VP of communications Mairie Moore, they said:

“Adult Swim has ended its association with Justin Roiland”.

As well as being co-creator, Roiland also voiced both the characters of Rick and Morty. These roles will now be recast. Rick And Morty had a dramatically large 70-episode order commissioned in 2018 and is yet to hit the halfway point of this. Will that order remain unfulfilled, as these types of things tend to be a death-knell for shows? Series seven will be completed, we are told, as:

Harmon will now be the sole showrunner. Roiland will continue to be credited as co-creator. Other Roiland projects such as Solar Opposites at Hulu and Koala Man are not yet affected.

Rick and Morty has been a ratings hit since season one, with viewership doubling and tripling over their first six episodes. The third season ended with the best ratings in Adult Swim history, an 81 percent increase in overall viewers over the second season. According to a Nielsen poll, the third season was the most watched television comedy of adults between the ages of 18 and 24. The president of Adult Swim said that Rick and Morty

“…goes beyond just appealing to millennials…”

Statistics suggested that people of every age tuned in to the show. However viewing figures had started to fall by the 4th season.

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