As preview images continue to hit the Internets for season 4 of the critically acclaimed and equally controversial Boondocks, there as been an cloud over what many have been wishing for over past too years. News came fast that series creator Aaron McGruder was not a creative part of the upcoming 4th season. As soon as word broke of the split many thought this was another example of big bad corporate America stealing a man's intellectual property and forcing him out on to the street. From the sounds McGruder's recent released statement, conditions between the two sides seem to be better then we initially thought.
That would make sense as Aaron prepares a new project Black Jesus that will also have a home on Cartoon Networks Adult Swim block of programming. Here is Aaron McGruder's statement in it's entirety.
“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.”