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Justin Roiland dropped from two more TV shows after domestic abuse charges | Animation on TV

Justin Roiland has been dropped from two more animated shows, Solar Opposites and Koala Man, after being charged with felony domestic violence against a former girlfriend, a day after being dropped from the hit series Rick and Morty.

US network Hulu announced on Wednesday that it had “terminated our partnership with Justin Roiland”, a day after Rick and Morty distributor Adult Swim released a similar statement saying it would no longer voice the titular characters or would work as a showrunner.

The 42-year-old has pleaded not guilty and awaits trial after being charged with bodily harm and false imprisonment by threat, fraud, violence or deceit in Orange County. The charges relate to an incident in 2020 against an unknown woman Roiland was living with and dating at the time.

In a statement earlier this month, Roiland’s attorney, T Edward Welbourn, said: “Not only is Justin innocent, but we have every expectation that this case is about to be dropped once the district attorney’s office completes its methodical review. of the evidence.”

All three shows go on without his involvement.

A still from Solar Opposites.
A still from Solar Opposites. Justin Roiland was the show’s co-creator, executive producer and he also voiced the main character. Photo: Fox

Roiland co-created, executive produced and voiced the main character, Korvo, on Solar Opposites, an animated comedy about a family of aliens who crash-land in the US.

Season four was expected to be released this year, but whether Korvo will be recast before it airs remains to be seen.

The first season of the recently launched Koala Man, an Australian-American animated comedy about the alter ego of a suburban father, was executive produced by Roiland, who also voiced a guest character.

Both Koala Man and Solar Opposites are shown on Hulu in the US and on Disney+ in the UK and Australia. They were all produced with Roiland’s animation studio, Justin Roiland’s Solo Vanity Card Productions.

Video game studio Squanch Games, co-founder of Roiland, also announced that Roiland had resigned from the company on January 16, four days after the domestic violence allegations emerged. The studio’s first game, High on Life, was created by Roiland and is a huge hit on Xbox.

“Squanch’s passionate team will continue to develop games that we know our fans will love, while continuing to support and improve High On Life,” the studio said in a statement.

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