Less than a day after Adult Swim severed ties with Rick and Morty creator Justin Roiland, Hulu announced that it will also be distancing itself from the cast member/producer facing allegations of domestic violence.
Roiland is the co-creator/executive producer and voice actor for Hulu’s animated series Solar Opposites, and a cast member in the streamer’s animated comedy Koala Man.
“We have ended our collaboration with Justin Roiland,” read a statement from 20th Television Animation and Hulu Originals.
Solar Opposites and Koala Man are expected to continue without Roiland’s involvement.
On Tuesday, Adult Swim announced it was severing ties with Roiland, who created Rick and Morty with Dan Harmon. The hit series landed a massive 70-episode order in 2018 when Adult Swim signed long-term deals with the duo. The show, renewed through Season 10, has completed six seasons with four more pending as part of pickup.
The title characters of Rick and Morty were voiced by Roiland. He will be reassigned.
Roiland was charged by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office with one felony count of assault and one felony count of false imprisonment through threat, violence, fraud and/or deception. The incident in question against a Jane Doe allegedly occurred in January 2020, according to a May 2020 complaint. In October 2020, he pled not guilty to the charges. The semi-sealed case was kept from the public pending a Jan. 12 hearing.
Roiland has to attend a hearing on April 27. No trial date has been set, but Roiland faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.
Roiland’s attorney has insisted his client is innocent, noting that “we also have every expectation that this matter will be dismissed once prosecutors have completed their methodical review of the evidence”.