RICK AND MORTY Producer Says "We're Not Going To Let [Justin Roiland] Drag Down All Of Our Hard Work"

RICK AND MORTY Producer Says "We're Not Going To Let [Justin Roiland] Drag Down All Of Our Hard Work"

Rick and Morty executive producer Steve Levy has addressed Justin Roiland's firing from the series, reassuring fans that they have nothing to worry about when it comes to the show's quality moving forward.

By JoshWilding - Aug 11, 2023 11:08 AM EST
Filed Under: Television
Source: Los Angeles Times

When Adult Swim ordered an additional 70 episodes of Rick and Morty, the show's future looked bright. However, the series was embroiled in controversy this past January, prompting fans to wonder whether it could reach a premature end. 

As we're sure you'll remember, co-creator and lead voice star Justin Roiland was charged with domestic violence, and while those charges were later dismissed, the damage had already been done.

Between revealing exposés about his conduct behind the scenes and the fact a series of very offensive comments from the past resurfaced, it was clear Adult Swim wasn't going to bring Roiland back into the fold after firing him from the show. 

We've since learned that "sound-alikes" will be used to bring Rick, Morty, and the rest of Roiland's characters to life in the show, though there's currently no word on who will be enlisted to play any of them. 

Talking to the Los Angeles Times, Rick and Morty executive producer Steve Levy opened up on what the series has been through since Roiland's dismissal. 

"We had a rug pulled from underneath us," he acknowledges. "The only people we could lean on were each other. It would have been very easy to just say, 'I'm done and I don’t want to do anything with this show anymore.' But our crew said, 'No, we’re not going to let one person drag down all of our hard work.'" 

"This show is created by this team - this family of incredibly hardworking people, and we are going to push through and show the world that we aren’t going to miss a beat. The work that we’re doing across the board has only gotten better. When the new season comes out, we’ll focus on how amazing it all turned out."

"We hope the fans will realize that this is the same old show," Levy concluded, "maybe even better!"

It doesn't sound like Roiland will be missed, that's for sure, and the producer clearly has no concerns about a dip in quality without him there to lend his voice to the show's leads. If even a fraction of what we've heard about the actor's behaviour is any indication, then his absence will likely come as a relief to the creative team! 

Rick and Morty is expected to return to Adult Swim later this year.

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Bgko18
Bgko18 - 8/12/2023, 12:22 PM
Better? I highly doubt it. And I guarantee the guy they replace him with will be noticeable and turn a lot of fans off.
Pissoff
Pissoff - 8/12/2023, 2:53 PM
Disgusting since the charges were dropped for lack of evidence. Nobody can replicate Justin’s Rick and Morty. I can assure you there are many more who feel the same as I and will no longer watch.
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Fuckhuluandca
Fuckhuluandca - 8/12/2023, 8:50 PM
Absolutely sickening!!! I just registered for this idiotic site just to leave a comment so people know their not alone!!!! What Hulu and Cartoon network did to Justin Roiland is shameful and 100% wrong! They have screwed over him and the fans and are now going to wreck the 2 best animated shows on TV, Rick and Morty and Solar Opposites! They will try to keep profiting from his work which is BS! Dude is innocent and proved it! And honestly nobody cares what he did 20 years ago! This is all LEFT CANCEL CULTURE at its finest ppl. All from the creative mind of Justin Roiland. So I don't care what they do, what their excuses are, I'm done! I'm done watching the shows and done spending money on their content until they publicly apologize to Justin and the fans and reinstate him to his last roles. Otherwise F Hulu and Cartoon network! And I know im not alone! Liberal ass snowflakes are responsible. Period!
Daemian
Daemian - 8/13/2023, 6:18 PM
@[frick]huluandca - anyone who thinks this show will ever even glance the dizzying heights it lived in squarely for 6 seasons is an idiot. Roiland is a genius. Whatever he may or may not have done, he is a genius.

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