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Breaking News: Adult Swim Fires Justin Roiland

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Oh. My. Rick. Adult Swim did it. They actually did it. Justin Roiland is out of Rick and Morty! This is big news in the entertainment world, and could decide the success of not only Rick and Morty, but everything else Justin Roiland’s been a part of going forward.

Needless to say, my jaw dropped when I read the news.

Justin Roiland is Fired

For those who don’t know, a few weeks ago, NBC released an article revealing that Justin Roiland, the co-creator, and voice of Rick and Morty, was facing domestic violence charges. In addition, several women came forward saying that he had harassed them online in years past. The resulting backlash from fans was massive, with people turning their backs on Justin in a few short days. Justin Roiland went from being a beloved creator and voice actor to a pariah in a matter of days, with many wondering if the stuff he worked on would survive. 

Wonder no more. Earlier this evening, Adult Swim and Rick and Morty’s official Twitter account released a statement that was short but to the point: Justin Roiland was out of Rick and Morty. However, the statement also confirmed that the show would continue production, with his roles as the titular duo recast. There’s no word on the fate of his roles in shows like Solar Opposites, though. 

Rick and Morty Might Live Yet

This is absolutely big news. Like I said before, my jaw dropped when I heard this on Twitter, with multiple news sites reporting the same thing. Firstly, it means that the worse-case scenario has seemingly been avoided. Rick and Morty will continue without Justin Roiland. This should be a cause of celebration for fans of the show. On the other hand, there’s still the question of whether the show can last without Justin Roiland. He’s been the voice of Rick and Morty from the beginning; his voice is easily recognizable. Having to recast the titular duo so late in the game could be a major turn-off for fans. Then again, there’s no shortage of people online who do great impersonations of Rick and Morty. If worse comes to worse, Adult Swim can use AI software.

I honestly think that this is the best outcome we can get for the moment. Rick and Morty will continue for the time being, and Justin Roiland will reap the consequences of his actions. Even if he’s found not guilty, his career may never recover. Fingers crossed that Rick and Morty and Solar Opposites can continue without him, because there’s plot threads dangling that I want to see resolved!

Update: Justin also fired from Solar Opposites and Koala Man

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