Justin Roiland, the show's creator and lead voice actor, is facing domestic violence charges and will be on trial soon, which are exacerbated by the emergence of disturbing messages he allegedly sent to underage girls.
Many thought this might be the end of the road for the animated series, though last night, Adult Swim made the decision to part ways with Roiland and confirmed that Rick and Morty would continue to produce a new voice actor. Who will be selected (though fans have their opinions), but it's worth remembering that the network has previously faced similar difficulties.
Stuart Daniel Baker, who played lead character Early Cuyler on Squidbillies, was dismissed from the program after making bizarre online statements about Black Lives Matter being a "freak show" and calling Dolly Parton a "freak-titted old Southern bimbo" for supporting the movement.
Baker then learned that you just don't screw with Parton, promptly lost his job and endorsements, and was fired on social media as he wept about his ruined career.
Adult Swim recasts the character with Tracy Morgan, who is no stranger to being chastised for making controversial remarks. In the final season of the show, the audience quickly embraced him, and the show ended on a good note.
Perhaps this should be a model for voice actors out there that nobody is bigger than their creation, and that if you fail, there'll be someone who will take your place.