In the wake of charges made against Roiland that include domestic battery, corporal injury, and false imprisonment by menace, violence, fraud, or deceit, the series co-creator has now officially been removed as co-showrunner of the series, per THR. Dan Harmon, who made the show with Roiland in 2013, is expected to continue on as sole showrunner. Roiland’s name will apparently still be required to appear in the credits as a series co-creator, though, just as Louis C.K.’s name still appeared in the “Better Things” credits even after Pamela Adlon took full control of that series after her co-creator’s misconduct came to light.
Roiland was arrested for the alleged battery incident in question in Orange County in 2020, but the charges only came to light publicly earlier this month. Since then, multiple allegations of sexual misconduct have been made against the creator, and reports also revealed that Roiland’s company Squanch Games was involved in a now-settled sexual harassment and wrongful termination lawsuit from a former employee in 2018 (per NME).
Roiland’s attorney, T. Edward Welbourn, maintained Roiland’s innocence on the charges in question in a statement earlier this month. While Adult Swim’s statement answers animation fans’ questions about the future of “Rick & Morty,” no announcement has been made about the future of the Hulu show that Roiland co-created and stars in, “Solar Opposites.”