The co-creator of one of the most popular adult animated shows, Rick and Morty, has been accused of domestic abuse. The charges were filed by the victim in May 2020 claiming that the incident happened in January 2020. Justin Roiland was charged with two felonies, one count of domestic battery with corporal injury, and one count of false imprisonment by menace, violence, fraud, and/or deceit. He pled not guilty and was released on a $50,000 bond, and the victim received protective order in October 2020.
The 2020 case was made public earlier this month, and the animator could reportedly face up to seven years in prison. And following these allegations, Adult Swim has declared that it has cut its ties with Justin Roiland and will continue to work on the next season of Rick and Morty.
Adult Swim Fired Rick and Morty Co-Creator, Justin Roiland
Followed by the domestic abuse allegations, Adult Swim fired Justin Roiland on January 25, 2023. The official Twitter page of Rick and Morty shared the news saying, “Adult Swim has ended its association with Justin Roiland.”
Roiland co-created the adult animated series Rick and Morty with Dan Harmon and has also voiced the lead characters of the show, Rick Sanchez and Morty. The series debuted in 2013 and has become one of the most popular animated shows.
The American animator is also associated with Hulu’s two more animated shows, Solar Opposites, and Koala Man. He serves as a co-creator and voice actor for Solar Opposites and as an executive producer for Koala Man. However, Hulu and 20th Television Animation have not said anything about the issue yet.
The statement also said that they would continue to work on season 7 of the show. Dan Harmon would reportedly continue to be the sole creator of the animated science-fiction series. Reports also claim that Adult Swim will soon recast Justin Roiland’s characters for the upcoming seasons.
And Rick and Morty’s fans are already rooting for Chris Pratt to voice the lead characters in the upcoming seasons of the show. The Guardians of the Galaxy star has multiple credits as a voice actor and has also voiced the lead character in the upcoming film The Super Mario Bros.
Fans Want Chris Pratt to Voice Rick and Morty
Chris Pratt is popularly known for his MCU role in Guardians of the Galaxy. But the Passengers star has worked as a voice actor for multiple films and his work has been pretty well received. His previous work as a voice actor includes two Lego movies along with a short film and Disney/Pixar’s Onward. His performance in all these films has been commendable.
His most recent animated project is The Super Mario Bros, where he gave his voice to the lead character of the film, Mario. Other than The Super Mario Bros. Pratt is also cast as the lead character in Mark Dindal’s upcoming animated adventure, Garfield.
They should cast Chris Pratt for Rick and Morty he's a great voice actor https://t.co/YjJlINTG89
— 🐝Benny Bee🐝 (@thatbennybee) January 24, 2023
chris pratt to be the new voice actor for characters rick and morty in adult swim’s hit series, rick and morty pic.twitter.com/j9c6g6mcyk
— sasha (@mysticaIdoom) January 25, 2023
Chris Pratt has been my favourite actor for years, and if he were to actually take up the role of voicing Rick and Morty I'd be more than fine with that.
— Ares Cobble 🇨🇦 (@YoCobble_) January 25, 2023
Chris Pratt about to be the voice of Rick and morty
— Aceplosion (@EJFTW123) January 25, 2023
Both Rick and Morty should be voiced by Chris Pratt using the same voice for both characters.
— Untitled Goose Account🥚 (@befuddledgoose) January 25, 2023
As the news broke out that Adult Swim has fired Justin Roiland from Rick and Morty, fans started rooting for the Jurassic World star to voice the characters of Rick Sanchez and his grandson for the upcoming seasons of the animated science-fiction. Adult Swim has yet not said anything about who they are planning to cast as Rick and Morty for the future seasons.
Rick and Morty is available to stream on HBO Max.