Not too long after Adult Swim officially announced the release date for The Boondocks' long awaited fourth season, the foundation beneath fans' feet crumbled a bit: News broke that creator of the comic strip and the television show, Aaron McGruder, wasn't involved in the upcoming season.

McGruder has been mum on the reason why he left the show until now. Indiewire reports that McGruder released a statement on his Facebook page for his upcoming series, Black Jesus, stating that fatigue and seeking a new artistic endeavor are the reasons why he ceased involvement on the show. 

Here's the full statement:

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.

The fourth season of The Boondocks airs on Adult Swim on April 21, and McGruder's upcoming live action comedy, Black Jesus, is currently in production.

[via Indiewire]