Justin Roiland has been dropped from two other animated series, Solar Opposites and Koala Man, after being accused of domestic violence against a former girlfriend, a day after he was dropped from hit series Rick and Morty.
US network Hulu announced on Wednesday that it had “ended our collaboration with Justin Roiland,” a day after Rick and Morty distributor Adult Swim released a similar statement saying it would no longer be the title characters speak or work as a showrunner.
The 42-year-old has pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial after being charged with assault and false imprisonment through threat, fraud, violence or deceit in Orange County. The charges relate to an incident in 2020 against an unidentified woman with whom Roiland was living and dating at the time.
In a statement earlier this month, Roiland’s attorney, T Edward Welbourn, said: “Not only is Justin innocent, but we have the full expectation that this matter will be dismissed once prosecutors have completed their methodical review of the evidence.”
All three shows will continue without his involvement.A still from Solar Opposites. Justin Roiland was the show’s co-creator and executive producer, and also voiced the main character. Photo: fox
Roiland co-created, executive produced and voiced the lead character Korvo in Solar Opposites, an animated comedy about a family of aliens who have crashed in the United States.
The fourth season was expected to be released this year, but whether Korvo will be recast before it airs remains to be seen.
The first season of the recently launched Koala Man, an Australian-American animated comedy about the superhero alter ego of a suburban father, was executive produced by Roiland, who also voiced a guest character.
Both Koala Man and Solar Opposites will be shown on Hulu in the US and on Disney+ in the UK and Australia. All were produced with Roiland’s animation studio Justin Roiland’s Solo Vanity Card Productions.
Video game studio Squanch Games, which Roiland co-founded, also announced that Roiland had resigned from the company on January 16, four days after the domestic violence charges were exposed. The studio’s first game, High on Life, was developed by Roiland and was a huge hit on Xbox.
“Squanch’s passionate team will continue to create games we know our fans will love while continuing to support and improve High On Life,” the studio said in a statement.