Aaron McGruder Explains Why He Won’t Be Involved With The Fourth Season Of “The Boondocks”

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The Internet went crazy last week when it was revealed that “The Boondocks” creator Aaron McGruder, would not be involved in the fourth season of the show, which airs on Adult Swim.  Well, Aaron McGruder has now released a statement on his departure from the series reading:



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 muchrepresents 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 Boondocks” returns to television on April 21st for its final season.   McGruder still owns the rights to his comic strip however and plans to take it to the big screen in the future.  He and Adult Swim are still in business as well as he’ll be releasing his new show, “Black Jesus,” on the network.



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