The satirical and parodic science-fiction series quickly established itself as one of the best proposals in the landscape of American adult animation. The creation of Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon can boast of being proudly enthroned alongside titles such as The Simpsons and South Parkthat is to say its notoriety.
After six seasons, the production served as an example by establishing its sustainability without losing quality. Naturally, expectations and rumors have been raised around a season 7 which could arrive sooner than expected. But today, a grain of sand got into the gears and there is a chance that the machine will be slowed down. Justin Roiland, co-creator, executive producer and voice actor of the series, was fired following accusations of domestic violence.
The news has been circulating since the beginning of January 2023 and statement from an Adult Swim spokesperson received on January 24, 2023 on Twitter :
— Rick and Morty (@RickandMorty) January 24, 2023
“Adult Swim has terminated its association with Justin Roiland. Rick and Morty will continue. The talented and dedicated team is working hard on Season 7.”
A difficult choice for the American television channel which broke its collaboration with the voice actor of the two main characters of the production. Nevertheless, the subsidiary of the Warner Bros. Discovery maintained its massive 70-episode order from 2018. After the 6th season, there will be four left to produce, and the seventh is already in production.. The reaction of the box was not long in coming since according to The Hollywood Reportershe is actively seeking actors to replace Roiland. Dan Harmon – targeted for his part by a complaint for sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior – is not worried for the moment and will therefore be sole showrunner.
There is little hope that the co-creator will ever return to the project. The charges against him are heavy : domestic assault, forcible confinement by threat, violence, fraud and/or deception appear in a complaint filed in May 2020. After pleading not guilty in October of that same year, the case was shelved from the public until a hearing on January 12, 2023. Another will also be held on April 27, 2023.
If the designer is found guilty, he faces up to seven years in prison. For now, he is still attached to the direction and voice castings of anime series Solar Opposites and Koala Man. The Disney group has not yet commented on the case, but it will not be long. Still, the six seasons of rick and morty can be found in France on Adult Swim, otherwise the first five are on Netflix.