There’s good news and bad news regarding “The Boondocks.”
The good news is the animated series will return from a four-year hiatus to Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim with new episodes staring April 21. The bad news is the show will go on without its creator Aaron McGruder.
McGruder’s absence is the latest in a series of back and forths between “The Boondocks” executive producer and Adult Swim. A press released by Adult Swim stated that the show’s fourth season “was produced without the involvement of Aaron McGruder, when a mutually agreeable production schedule could not be determined.”
According to TheRoot.com, McGruder’s response to the release was only a confirmation that he has had no involvement with the upcoming season of the show.
News of the return of “The Boondocks” came a week ago with an announcement on the show’s Facebook page. McGruder responded to the announcement on his Black Jesus Facebook page by stating, “Just found out someone has hijacked THE BOONDOCKS Facebook page. This was done without my permission and I have absolutely no control over the content being posted as of Friday, March 14.”
News of the supposed hijacking gave way to questions from fans, who are still wondering what the real story is surrounding the turn of events and if McGruder’s inability to access the “Boondocks” page was the first indication he had that he would not be involved with his show.
While it is unclear how and when the decision was reached, fans of the show are now left with more questions than answers. After McGruder claimed that The Boondocks page was “hijacked,” some were left wondering who’s responsible for the hijacking. Since McGruder took the feud to a public page, fans wonder if his inability to access the page was the first news he had that he wouldn’t be involved with the show.
At this time, both sides are tight-lipped regarding what happened. The only thing that’s been confirmed is McGruder’s departure from the cartoon he founded while attending the University of Maryland.
While both sides are being tight-lipped as to what exactly happened, it’s clear that McGruder is no longer connected to the innovative television project that was created from his cartoon strip while he was in college at the University of Maryland.