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Justin Roiland won’t be returning, but Rick and Morty will still air

Marie Moore, senior vice president of communications for Adult Swim and Cartoon Network, said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter that the company had “terminated its connection with Justin Roiland.”

Sources tell THR that they are working to replace Roiland’s parts on Rick and Morty, and that co-creator Dan Harmon would take over as sole showrunner (though Roiland will still be acknowledged as a co-creator).

The Rick and Morty Twitter account confirmed in a tweet that the show’s surviving team is hard at work on season seven, but provided no other details.

An unidentified female victim filed a criminal complaint against Roiland in May 2020, claiming that he “did wilfully and unlawfully inflict corporal injury” and “unlawfully violate the personal liberty of” his then-partner, who was subsequently granted a protective order against him in December of that year. Roiland entered a not guilty plea.

Adult Swim is in the midst of a big 70-episode order for more Rick and Morty, which was initially completed in2018, leaving the network with little alternatives for moving ahead without being affiliated with Roiland, as noted by THR. Roiland is scheduled to return to court on April 27 for a pretrial hearing.