After The Dismissal of Rick and Morty, Justin Royland Lost Two More TV Shows


The day after Adult Swim executives decided to break off relations with one of the creators of “Rick and Morty” Justin Roiland and fire him from the animated hit, after Roiland’s accusations of domestic violence became public, new axes fell. His pair of streaming shows, Hulu’s “Sunny Opposites” and the recently released “Koala Man,” are also distancing themselves from the controversial creator.

According to THR, both Hulu and the show’s animation studio 20th Century Animation are taking off the anchor, saying so in a brief statement:

We have stopped working with Justin Roiland.

Justin Roiland created “Sunny Opposites” with Mike McMahon, a Rick and Morty graduate who also hosts the show “Star Trek: Lower Decks” for Paramount+, while he was an executive producer and voice actor in the film “Koala Man” created by Michael Cusack.

Currently, both Solar Opposites and Koala Man are expected to continue implementing the plans. The NSFW sci-fi comedy has been a hit for Hulu for the first three seasons and a Disney holiday special, and has been extended to a fifth season so far. It is assumed that other producers will find someone to replace Royland in the role of Corvo and others, while retaining other stars such as Thomas Middleditch, Sean Giambrone and Mary Mack.

Koala Man, which boasts the participation of Hugh Jackman and Alexandra Daddario (among others), has been positively received by critics and viewers since its debut on January 9. It’s unclear whether the streaming service will make a decision about the future of comedy and when, but given the general lack of direct involvement of Royland in the daily creative process, this may be the easiest project to continue after his dismissal.

Justin Royland’s influence on pop culture goes not only to television, but also to video games. On the same day that the news about Rick and Morty appeared, the company Squanch Games, which released the comedy video game High on Life created by Royland on December 13, 2022, shared the following statement on Twitter, saying that Royland had officially retired. less than a week before.

Similar to Hulu’s plans for two shows without Roiland, Squanch will continue to support High on Life, which has not been as critical as 2019’s VR hit Trover Saves the Universe.

Earlier in January, reports surfaced that Royland had been charged in connection with a 2020 incident involving an unidentified woman charged with a felony of domestic violence with bodily injury, as well as a felony of false imprisonment by threat, violence, fraud and/or deception. At that time, he appeared in court at a pre-trial hearing, the next hearing was scheduled for April 27, and his lawyer shared a statement declaring his client innocent of the “inaccurate” charges.

In the days that followed, it was unclear whether anyone in Hollywood would react meaningfully, and that silence only intensified as allegations surfaced online that Royland had used vitriolic language and insults in correspondence with various women (at least one of whom was reportedly underage).

Currently, “Solar Opposites” and “Koala Man” can be fully streamed on a Hulu subscription.


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