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Aaron McGruder: “Nothing More Painful Than Leaving ‘The Boondocks’ Behind”

Huey from 'The Boondocks'

Huey from ‘The Boondocks’

The Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder, who we were stunned to learn is not a part of the show’s upcoming fourth and final season, released a statement today via Facebook.

With less than a month left until the season premiere on April 21st on Adult Swim, Aaron’s bitter-sweet note reminds us that this is just how business goes in Hollywood. Take a look at what he had to say below:

“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.”

The satire originally ran as a comic strip from 1996 to 2006, and after being acquired by Sony Pictures Entertainment it premiered on the Cartoon Network‘s Adult Swim on November 6, 2005.

It went on to earn a Peabody Award in 2006 for an episode entitled “Return of the King.” Unafraid to ruffle feathers, including BET and Tyler Perry‘s, Time magazine named The Boondocks as sixth out of 10 of the Most Controversial Cartoons of All Time in 2010.

For many fans who have followed these characters from the beginning, a final season without McGruder feels like a significant cultural loss.

At least Regina King will return to the animated series as the voices of Huey and Riley, along with John Witherspoon as the voice of Robert “Granddad” Freeman.

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