When it was announced that Adult Swim hit “The Boondocks” would be returning for a fourth and final season, the part of the press release that stuck out was how series creator Aaron McGruber wouldn’t be back. At the time, Sony Pictures Television explained the new season “was produced without the involvement of Aaron McGruder, when a mutually agreeable production schedule could not be determined.”
While McGruber was initially silent on the issue, he took to the Facebook page of his next Adult Swim show, “Black Jesus” to address his departure. In an open letter on the page, he writes about the responsibility he had to make sure the show offended viewers, but that it was for “the right reasons.” Doing so was not an easy task, nor was it quick.
He doesn’t say what, exactly, led to his departure, but writes, “To quote a great white man, ‘Hollywood is a business’. And to quote another great white man, ‘Don’t hold grudges’.” It doesn’t sound as “mutually agreeable” as the studio said it was.
McGruber created “The Boondocks” as a comic strip in college before it eventually became a show. You can read his entire open letter on the “Black Jesus” Facebook page.