Fans of “The Boondocks” animated series have been waiting patiently for a new season since the third went off the air in August of 2010. Late last year some glimmer of hope was offered when a sparse announcement on Cartoon Network offered a 2014 date for the series return. Finally, a trailer was released in March giving an actual air date for season four of April 21st.
Then things went awry when word broke the founder and creator of “The Boondocks,” Aaron McGruder, would not be involved with the creation of the fourth season in any capacity. Fans immediately began to speculate as to whether he was leaving his creation behind voluntarily or if he was forced out.
In an attempt to answer some of the conjecture, McGruder posted the following statement on his
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.
While many fans have been split about whether they’d still watch the show, 57% of TheUrbanDaily.com’s readers said in a poll that they would give the series a chance without McGruder before passing judgement.
Stay tuned for more coverage of “The Boondocks.”
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