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When Rick and Morty first appeared in 2013, the creative talents of Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland pushed it to the top of the cult charts before becoming a mainstream sensation. Adult Swim's dedication to the series has led it to be one of the most ridiculously marketable and merchandise-friendly shows of the decade.
There has been a significant shift, one that might jeopardize the show's existence. Adult Swim has fired Roiland, causing Rick and Morty to continue without his direction and voice acting. Here's all you need to know about Roiland's dismissal.
Justin Roiland's reasons for being fired from Rick and Morty
Roiland, who has had a distinguished career in writing, podcasting, and animation, has recently become synonymous with sexual misconduct as well as a domestic violence charge. In 2020, Roiland is accused of falsely imprisoning a woman he was dating as well as felony domestic battery.
Three years after the incident is said to have occurred, Roiland is charged with a second offense. The charges quickly led to a flood of similar and troubling allegations regarding Roiland's online behavior, including disturbing direct messages sent by him to several women.
Allie Goertz, who wrote a concept album for his show, tweeted out some of the messages she is believed to have sent to the former Mad editor, including requesting a song by her surrounding penises of different races as their ejaculate drips down her face. Following this, several women revealed private messages that showed Roiland making sexually suggestive remarks to them when they were underage.
A resurfaced podcast episode of Grandma's Virginity with Roiland also surfaced, with him again displaying a strange penchant for harsh comments that may be seen as sexualizing minors. Roiland demands that an underage fan send his co-host pictures, while maintaining the implication that they are nudes.
When asked about the fate of the program on HBO Max, Adult Swim announced on January 24 that they would break up with Roiland and continue on without him for Rick and Morty.
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