Hulu follows suit with adult swimming, firing Justin Roiland
Just one day after Adult Swim cut ties Justin Roilandco-creator of the hit animated series “Rick and Morty,” Hulu and 20th Television followed suit with the Cartoon Network affiliate. Deadline reports that Hulu has decided to cut ties with the creator and voice actor moving forward.
The network and streamer made the move after allegations of domestic violence against Roiland surfaced NBC News report.
Hulu has cut ties with Justin Roiland amid allegations of domestic violence
Roiland has worked on several shows on the Hulu streaming service. He worked as a co-creator and executive producer in the animated series “Solar Opposites”, where he plays the main character of the series, Korvo. He is a voice actor and executive producer on the new Hulu animated show “Koala Man,” which debuted earlier this month.
Deadline reports that 20th Television Animation and Hulu Originals released a statement saying, “We have ended our relationship with Justin Roiland.” “Solar Opposites” and “Koala Man” are said to continue without Roiland’s involvement. Adult Swim follows a similar strategy with Roiland’s “Rick and Morty,” in which Roiland also plays the show’s main characters, Rick Sanchez and Morty Smith.
Adult Swim is moving forward with recasting “Rick and Morty,” with co-creator Dan Harmon (“Community”) remaining on the show as host. “Solar Opposites” should probably use a similar strategy with Korvo and the other characters voiced by Roiland. In “Koala Man,” Roiland played a character in a one-off episode, Chad Wagon, a riff on real-life actor and “Fast and Furious” star Vin Diesel. This will make it easier to revise the production.
As previously reported by The Blast, Adult Swim has signed a massive 70-episode order for “Rick and Morty” in 2018. Less than half of the order was completed when the allegations surfaced. The series is currently in production for its seventh season, and the network has ordered episodes to carry the series through a 10th season. In June 2021, Hulu renewed “Solar Opposites” for a fourth season. Season 4 has yet to debut on the streaming service.
Roiland currently faces one count of domestic abuse with bodily injury and one count of false imprisonment by threat, violence, fraud and/or taking by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. The Jane Doe incident allegedly occurred in January 2020. Roiland was arrested and released on $50,000 bond in August 2020.
Surprise, folks! The #SolarOpposites The Halloween Special just came out @hulu. Go get started now. 🎃 pic.twitter.com/fnJsLyyUBu
— Solar Opposites (@solaropposites) October 3, 2022
Roiland entered into a plea deal in October 2020 where he pleaded not guilty to the charges. The case is still awaiting a trial date. Deadline notes that Roiland’s legal hearing is set for April 27. If convicted, Roiland could face up to seven years in prison.
Additionally, NBC News reports that an order of protection was filed against Roiland on behalf of Jane Doe in October 2020. Under the order of protection, he cannot go within 100 feet of his accuser, and Roiland was ordered to surrender any firearms he owns or possesses. The protection order lasts until October of this year.
We know people like superheroes, and you’re going to love it #KoalaMan! Watch the new animated series from executive producer Justin Roiland streaming now @hulu. pic.twitter.com/Lv7cdClV4m
— Solar Opposites (@solaropposites) January 9, 2023
Roiland’s attorney, T. Edward Welbourn, previously said Roiland was innocent and that the media had been “inaccurate” about his client.