“Nothing Is More Painful Than To Leave Them Behind”: Aaron McGruder Speaks On Leaving “The Boondocks”
As season four of The Boondocks is set to premiere on April 21st on Adult Swim after a long hiatus and much anticipation, most of the players are the same: Regina King will return to voice both Huey and Riley Freeman, as will John Witherspoon to voice Robert Freeman, aka, “granddad.” However, the biggest piece of the puzzle and the reason for the show’s controversy and success who will be missing this final season is Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder. We told you recently that McGruder decided to part ways from the show, and in an official statement from Adult Swim, they claimed it had a lot to do with clashing production schedules:
“This season was produced without the involvement of Aaron McGruder, when a mutually agreeable production schedule could not be determined.”
McGruder has finally spoken out about leaving his beloved show behind, and working on his new project on Adult Swim, called Black Jesus. He shared his thoughts on the Facebook page of his new show:
“As the world now knows, The Boondocks will be returning for a fourth season, but I will not be returning with it. I’d like to extend my gratitude to Sony and Adult Swim for three great seasons.
I created The Boondocks two decades ago in college, did the daily comic for six years, and was showrunner on the animated series for the first three seasons. The Boondocks pretty much represents my life’s work to this point. Huey, Riley, and Granddad are not just property to me. They are my fictional blood relatives. Nothing is more painful than to leave them behind.
To quote a great white man, “Hollywood is a business”. And to quote another great white man, “Don’t hold grudges”.
What has never been lost on me is the enormous responsibility that came with The Boondocks – particularly the television show and it’s relatively young audience. It was important to offend, but equally important to offend for the right reasons. For three seasons I personally navigated this show through the minefields of controversy. It was not perfect. And it definitely was not quick. But it was always done with a keen sense of duty, history, culture, and love. Anything less would have been simply unacceptable.
As for me, I’m finally putting a life of controversy and troublemaking behind me with my upcoming Adult Swim show, BLACK JESUS.
It seems like things are still okay between McGruder and Adult Swim, seeing as the cartoonist will premiere his new live-action comedy show, Black Jesus, on the network. Many people have been saddened by the news that the show is going on without McGruder, but what do you think? Will you still tune in? Last time I tried to ride for a comedy that didn’t involve its original creator/showrunner, things went downhill fast (i.e., The Chappelle Show), but there have also been positive outcomes too, including in dramas (i.e., The Walking Dead). We’ll just have to wait and see how this new season turns out.