With Justin Roiland embroiled in legal trouble, this now marks the second high-profile controversy involving “Solar Opposites.” The series is also co-created by Mike McMahan, the “Star Trek: Lower Decks” creative who has been previously accused of wildly unprofessional workplace behavior and homophobic comments. Despite the allegations, however, there is currently no word on McMahan’s involvement moving forward.
“Solar Opposites” most recently aired its third season and has been renewed through its fifth. “Koala Man,” meanwhile, premiered earlier this month on January 9, 2023. THR also reports that both shows “are slated to continue without Roiland’s involvement.” Presumably, this means that Roiland’s voice roles in both Hulu shows will be recast, though it remains to be seen how they will carry on without him and whether or not his absence will affect the ongoing storylines of each respective series.
Roiland’s troubles stem from a January 2020 incident in Orange County, California, with a woman he was dating at the time. The charges of domestic violence only surfaced in the public sphere earlier this year, which includes one felony count of domestic battery with corporal injury and one felony count of false imprisonment by menace, violence, fraud and/or deceit. Such unequivocal moves to distance themselves comes after Roiland pled innocent of the charges and has maintained his innocent through his lawyer. According to THR, another court date has been set for late April.