Adult Swim has announced that the show would continue with Justin Roiland and that it has cut ties with the show's creator after domestic abuse allegations were filed. DMs with negative messages towards women were discovered.
Adult Swim has stated that the program would continue to run without Roiland and that it believes in the talent of the show's cast. But is it possible that Roiland might still earn royalties even if he is no longer involved in the program? After all, it is his show that is featured in the title sequence.
Will Justin Roiland continue to earn royalties for the next seasons of Rick and Morty?
Adult Swim's announcement should reassure fans who have lost trust in the show's creator that they can still watch it without worrying about Roiland's involvement. However, just because he isn't involved doesn't mean he doesn't earn a commission.
According to the TV Writers Vault, everything depends on the relationship between Roiland and Adult Swim. Roiland might have received a one-off fee or had an episodic arrangement where he earns a certain percentage of the show's budget. Unfortunately, the show's budget is currently unknown, so we don't know how much Roiland was paid and it's more probable that he will be.
Another thing to note about Roiland isn't just the show's creator; he's also the official voice actor for the main characters, Rick Sanchez and Morty Smith. And while their voices might be replaced for the seventh season, it's unlikely that they'll be replaced for six seasons. According to the Voice Realm, voice actors may also be paid royalties for their past work.
One thing to note is that Rick and Morty is still a Justin Roiland series. It's obvious that Adult Swim will have to pay him to keep it on the air. However, it's unlikely that a simple flat fee would be offered in order to keep the program going. However, unless further details about Roiland's contract with the network are revealed, it will be unknown if he will receive additional payments for his previous work.