'Rick and Morty' creator dropped by Hulu after abuse charges

Streaming HUBJanuary 25, 2023

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Hulu became the second television company on Wednesday to cut ties with “Rick and Morty” creator Justin Roiland after felony domestic abuse allegations surfaced against him.

“We have ended our association with Justin Roiland,” 20th TV Animation and Hulu Originals said in a statement.

Roiland co-created and provided the voices for the streaming outlet’s animated show “Solar Opposites” and is also a producer and actor on its animated “Koala Man”. Both the shows will continue without him.

On Tuesday, the Adult Swim division of Cartoon Network, home of the animated sci-fi sitcom “Rick and Morty,” made the same move, saying in a brief statement that they have ended their association with Roiland.

Squanch Games, a video game developer Roiland co-founded, said on Twitter later Tuesday that he had resigned from the company.

Roiland, 42, was charged with two counts of felony domestic violence in January of 2020 in Orange County, California, against an ex-girlfriend he was living with. He has pleaded not guilty and awaits trial.

The allegations went unreported until NBC News ran a story on him earlier this month.

Roiland’s attorney and publicist did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

Roiland provided the voices of two title characters, a mad scientist and his grandson, in “Rick and Morty”. He and Dan Harmon created the show which ran for six seasons and was renewed for a seventh. Adult Swim has not said whether the show will continue without him.

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