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Aaron McGruder addresses his absence from 'The Boondocks' Season 4

Aaron McGruder released a statement today addressing his stepping down as show-runner and executive producer on the upcoming fourth season of his groundbreaking animated series The Boondocks. In a statement released today through The Boondocks’ Facebook page, McGruder broke down the cold gospels of Hollywood and what his next move was. Read the statement in its entirety below and be sure to catch the season premiere–for better or worse– of the show’s McGruderless fourth season April 21st on Adult Swim.

“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.”

AM

 

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  • http://worldstarhiphop.com/ Earl Budden$$$

    But why?

    • blackmoses

      He’s probably not contractually allowed to say. Non-disclosure agreements and such.

  • beastwork

    to this day i refuse to watch season 3 of the chappelle show. I may boycott this too…..the only reason the boondocks can get away with what it did was because mcgruder was in control.

    • PTK

      same

  • Ro

    although some funky shit might have gone down (that he hasn’t fully clarified),probably would have been impossible to work on both shows at the same time. He’s still down with Adult Swim though.

  • Wesley thompson

    This is bull$$@@ im definitely not gonna watch this fourth & final season wether it was arron’s decision or not to be involved. This is like the chappell show without dave chappell. What a shame. He’s still down with adult swim

  • Juwan Dickerson

    Why are people automatically assuming its going to be bad because he’s not going to be showrunner anymore. I know it’s his baby but come one now. Strange how they haven’t said who the new showrunner is though.

    • Marq

      For me, it’s simply the fact that you take a man’s work away from him and try to run with it. Like he said, this represents his life’s work. Nobody can do what he’s done with these characters but him. I’m boycotting off principle. I can almost guarantee it’ll be trash or just mediocre at best.

    • websnap

      Doesn’t sound like it was taken away, more that he walked because he ad a full plate. I may be wrong but that’s what I got from it. He loves them, but has new ideas to work on.

    • Mike

      If the new person isn’t black……kind of defeats the purpose.

    • websnap

      I’d be more interested about them promoting one of the fellow writers from the previous seasons to continue the “tone” than if the new runner is black.

    • blackmoses

      The other two credited writers on the show were both black, for the record. There were only three total who got screen credit; no clue how many were in the writers’ room.

    • websnap

      Well, if they want any kind of credibility they will need to keep the same writing crew (obviously, not counting McGruder) if they haven’t left with him. If not, shut it down. Let it be what it was.

    • jd

      Word to this right here.

    • Mloclam McCoy Nomdnih

      Usually when the original people stop working on a show it ends up going down hill.

      I.E. Heros, Chappelle Show, Community, etc…

  • Lik

    This was a political answer at best. Says nothing about why & how he lost control over the show. But hints at Hollywood as a business so money is the mistress in this break up….

  • The Day of the Geechi is Over

    They say animators always have 1 character that most represents their own personality, Seth Macfarlane said for him it was Brian, I guess for Aaron it was Uncle Ruckus with that “great white man” bs.

    • Suzie Q

      Sarcasm, hon. It’s called sarcasm.

    • blackmoses

      Exactly. Fore the record, the people who knew Mr. McGruder (he used to post on OKP many, many years ago) described him as something like 40% Huey, 40% Caesar, and 10% Riley.

    • Jamaaliver

      Ummm…that’s only 90%

    • blackmoses

      and 10% Grandad

  • http://iniascension.com Rochanda Marie Zigler

    Integrity. Beautiful!

  • abc

    Hmmm, sounds like there will be be some offending for other than “RIGHT REASONS”

  • toO truu

    400 Years & yall still aint learn.. Aaron dont own that show, and that show was some of the highest form of coonery I ever seen. Aaron uncle ruckus tom azz poisoned our youth minds…..real talk satanic sony own u slaves yea you…

    • Lozo The Don

      What you dont understand is that we dont know how the show got turned over, but that show was well constructed. Every episode symbolized something even down to the two main characters. 1 was the negro- a respectable young man that always thought of helping his fellow blacks by fighting against the black mans suppressors. The other was the Nigga- Was always saying things like nigga you gay or heavy into materialistic things and just doing bad stuff. I say all of that to say Boondocks is an amazing show if you understand the concept.

    • lena

      sarcasm ever heard of it

    • WhatevaMan

      Seriously, the show was a satire. If all you paid attention to was Uncle Ruckus and none of the other characters, you missed the whole point.

  • Hannibal Barca.

    This move doesn’t surprise me at all. Like someone said before, this type of “strong-arming” happened to Chappelle. This is what I think happened: McGruder was geeked that his show was going to be brought back for a 4th season. The network though wanted some changes (like they always do when a black show becomes too popular or keeps it real too much). McGruder probably wasn’t down for the changes and had to make a decision; money or keeping it real. Unlike Chappelle, McGruder chose the money; its always about money. They paid him off to step the bleep off. I resent the whole statement that he made, especially in the last paragraph and sentence. McGruder sounded “punked-out” saying ish like, “Leaving controversy and troublemaking behind”? Negro that’s who you are! That’s who we all are. Our blackness alone is controversial and troublemaking. To say something like that is basically saying that he is tired of being black. Now I’m sure there are going to be his defenders but please read my entire post before you start hoopin and hollerin. -one love.

    • TalktoFuzzy

      I think he was being sarcastic on the final statement of “As for me, I’m finally putting a life of controversy and trouble making behind me with my upcoming Adult Swim show, BLACK JESUS.” The title in itself is controversial. I think he was making it clear it was nothing personal, strictly business. The Boodocks want be the same that is for sure, but he stapled it so well that in the light it will show his genius when he is no longer there.

    • Jasmine

      Like TalktoFuzzy said, he was being ultra sarcastic about leaving troublemaking and controversy behind. Black Jesus is pretty controversial, I’d say. Also, I’m going to have to disagree that blackness is controversial and troublemaking. That’s what they want everyone else (ie. non black folks) to think, wouldn’t you say? Basically saying he is tired of being black? Sorry, gotta disagree with that one too and I think it’s kind of silly for you to even suggest it. As far as him stepping down…maybe it was money, or maybe he signed some papers when he was first offered a show on an international network that came back to bite him in the ass when he didn’t like where things were going, or none of these things. We don’t know. There are things going on here that we don’t know about so please, don’t act like you you do.The only thing I know is I’ve been following The Boondocks since 1999 and knowing he’s not part of this new season, I don’t want to see it.

    • Dee Hightower

      He was paid to say that honey…Cuz honey you best believe if Aaron wasn’t paid he woulda said wtf he wanted to say…Those words was just to keep the peace so nothing happens to the youngster.

    • Dee Hightower

      They hijacked his boondocks page and he hasnt said anything since March 14 or 16 one of them

    • Jay Dubb

      that last line – “Leaving controversy and troublemaking behind” – was sarcasm lol – u missed it.

    • Jake Anthony

      I’m not sure I like the statement: “Our blackness alone is controversial and troublemaking.” That’s a pretty shitty thing to say even if you are black, man.

  • debatethecause3

    I read this as ..”handing valuable franchise over, compromises yes but lets not devalue the product” “new vibe will be in Black Jesus”

  • GBraw

    if he talks too soon or tells too much his new show might not see the light of day. does his new show give us something important? if not, he caved in

    • Chri$$_Smoove

      he did skits of black jesus I believe before the third season of The Boondocks was released on Youtube. go check it out they are pretty funny

  • whit

    I see some people on here are not gonna watch this season and i respect that…but i’m still gonna try to watch this season, and if it’s wack then i wont watch anymore…I love these characters so i’m gonna give it chance, but damn this is really sucks

  • young francky

    ILLUMINATI SHIT HOMIE

  • young francky

    Aaron McGruder was the truth so they shut him down

  • http://twitter.com/daisydooks DaisyDooks

    It is disconcerting to learn that McGruder is no longer involved in the project he started. Now someone else can reap the benefits of merchandising, marketing and syndicating Boon Docks series…and it won’t be Black folks.

    I detest the existence of CRIMINALITY in business contracts where FRAUD and THEFT is continuously protected by financial arrangements called ‘LAWS’.

  • Bo-Liever

    Please explain why he doesn’t even get a Creator credit on this show anymore, it is still his creation they removed that from the opening of these new shows.

    • http://twitter.com/JohnnyACE562 GRAND MASTER SEN$Ei {{-_-}}™

      Sony didn’t even do that to Dan Harmon when they fired him from a season of Community. {{-_-}}

  • Mary

    I have watched Boondocks a couple of times; however, I found most of the content offensive. Therefore, I decided to stop watching it. Frankly, I don’t get any meaningful purpose for the odiousness. For example, if Blacks are going to be outraged by Donald Sterling’s racist comments, shouldn’t they also be outraged about the “in-race” discrimination displayed in the Boondocks episodes. If there is an underlying solution to racism and/or
    discrimination–what is it? Seemingly, it appears that the show is using
    a “backdoor” attempt to perpetuate racism.

    After all, “discrimination is discrimination” no matter who’s doing it! Nevertheless, I am open to a serious dialogue to explore the show’s purpose, its harmful effects, and it’s resolution to this chronic problem.
    Let me know what you think. Thanks.

    • jules

      you’re actually not very smart and artistic; are you? Or are you a walking satire?

    • Mary

      Julie, I am only interested in intellectual responses. If you lack the rational ability to do so, don’t waste your time and mine with your nonsensical input. Thanks.

    • Waylon

      No, blacks wouldn’t be outraged by discrimination in the boondocks. That’s because the discrimination,racism, and “offensive” content is used to show the issues that plague our culture. Ethier that, or a lot of us will miss the point and laugh at the word nigga and the social commentary. It isn’t truly discriminating against black or whites or anybody as a unit. One of the main points is that It demonstrates the problems with “ghetto” black culture and how self destructive it is to our race. It’s not perpetuating racism, its showing it full force and using it as an anchor point to show social issues. It’s a aggrandizement. The simplest way the shows says to stop being racist is simply to stop being stupid, or ignorant. Characters saying nigga and being offensive is meant to be funny, sure, but the true intent behind every laugh is how fucked up it really is. We laugh at these issues, bring them o light, and attempt to move past them.If we as African Americans want true equality, we have to stop destroying our selfs and our image as race and continue on from where our civil rights leaders before us left us. Not separate or hate whites, but to be seen as truly equal to them. All minorities.That way what seems like few of us that can see the problems with our culture don’t have to be ashamed of it. Only thing that I can tell you is to watch the show and be able to look below the surface. Shows liek this, and south park, you look past what you think you see as a simple “offensive” jokes, and under stand the true purpose and intent behind them. I think that is as far as i can go with that at the moment.

    • contel

      That response was too intellectual for Mary.

  • krik

    this show is doomed without AM

  • Mary

    Krik, which show is doomed and why do you think so? Thanks.

  • Mary

    Waylon, thank you for your intellectual response. In the interest of fairness, I did canvass several neighborhoods which resulted in at least 53 Black people (including me) that are outraged by some of Boondocks’ offensive content (e.g., indiscriminate utterance of the “nigger” word).

    While I agree that the show displays the chronic issues that plague the
    Black community, however, the seriousness of these issues should not be inappropriately minimized by the show’s humorous content. Especially, for those who have experienced firsthand the insidious effects of discrimination. Unfortunately–for some–it does not matter whether it’s “nigger” or “nigga”, the results are the same.

    Clearly, either word is not a euphemism, and any ambiguity is seemingly the result of not understanding the word’s etymological origin. Nevertheless, my concern is that the show’s audience don’t misconstrue the satiric “in-race” discrimination as not being discrimination. Less we forget, “discrimination is discrimination”—no matter who is doing it.

    Also, I agree that Blacks should serve as “first-responders” to resolving this issue—maybe the show will serve as a catalyst. Thank you for your candor; your comments are duly noted.

  • Bella LaMusica

    Your essence is missing from the Boondocks and I feel it. Not the same.

    • Mary

      Bella, your comment is vague, please expound on your comment.

      Thank you.

    • Bella LaMusica

      Only if you pay me.

    • Mary

      They have something for that–it’s called a job. I am only interested in intellectual responses. Stop wasting your time and mine. Thank you.

    • Bella LaMusica

      1. You do not know me. If you did you wouldn’t assume that I don’t have a job.
      2. I do not know you enough to even consider you as a valuable or credible person for a proper response from me.
      So who are you to require an explanation from me? You waste you own time. Mary. If it serves you maybe you should be the one to get a life, Mary. Thank you. BTW people do get paid for their opinions Mary. Thank you Mary. Bye.

    • Indian-Homie

      Fuck off mary, leave Bella alone.

    • Mary

      It has been said that a mind is a terrible thing to waste–I guess you didn’t get the memo.

      FYI-“Mary” is a proper noun; therefore, it should be capitalized. Thanks.

  • Diosha Johnson

    This new season isnt funny at all its boring and his replacement is trying too hard

    • Leonardo D Monkey

      They even freaking joke about the fact the show got sold … selling the freeman family into slavery…

  • Phil Helgren

    shoulve made a new name, and new show. Cuz theres no way the new season Boondocks will be the same, WITHOUT THE MAN THAT CREATED THE WHOLE THING. SMH! Atleast keep your fingers in it McGruder lol

  • http://www.rockinhits.com/ JJ

    Season 4 blows. I gave up too Aaron. Thanks for 3 great seasons.

  • Leonardo D Monkey

    The episode where they are sold to the white man as slaves … so that’s why(really shitty one by the way, almost like all episodes in 4th season).
    Very sad, this was a great show… damn Aaron i thought you had more fight in you : P gonna miss your show.