Hulu Joins Adult Swim To Part Ways With Justin Roiland

Hulu has followed Adult Swim and cut ties with Rick and Morty creator Justin Roiland in light of serious domestic abuse charges against him earlier in the month. Roiland, best known for his work alongside Dan Harmon on Rick and Morty, was also a frequent collaborator with Hulu, working on Solar Opposites and Koala Man.

A statement from Hulu and 20th TV Animation (thanks to a story from BBC News) reads that they had ended their “association with Justin Roiland” while the two shows are expected to continue, similarly to Rick and Morty, in Roiland’s absence, with voice roles being recast. On Wednesday (January 25), Adult Swim confirmed they had parted ways with Roiland following the charges.

Solar Opposites, which further stars Thomas Middleditch, Sean Giambrone, and Mary Mack, was created by Roiland and Mike McMahon and launched in May 2020. The show has run for three seasons with a Halloween and Christmas Special.

The series has been renewed for a fourth. The animated sitcom centres around a family of aliens, Korvo, Terry, Yumyulack, and Jesse stranded on Earth after escaping the destruction of their home planet Shlorp.

Koala Man was released on January 9, 2023, across Hulu and Disney+ and created by Michael Cusack in partnership with Benji Samit and Dan Hernandez. The series stars high-profile names such as Hugh Jackman and Hugo Weaving.

In a press release for the Australian sitcom, Koala Man centres on “middle-aged dad Kevin and his titular no-so-secret identity, whose only superpower is a burning passion for following rules and snuffing out petty crime in the town of Dapto.”

No date has been set for Roiland’s trial. We will update the story as it develops.

Matt Bailey

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