News & Opinion | July 24, 2018 10:51 am

“Rick and Morty” Creator Dan Harmon Apologizes For Disturbing Video

Harmon also deleted his Twitter account.

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Dan Harmon talks at Harmontown panel at ID10T festival at Shoreline Amphitheatre on June 25, 2017 in Mountain View, California. (Miikka Skaffari/FilmMagic)

Dan Harmon deleted his Twitter account Monday after a disturbing video from 2009 resurfaced online. The co-creator of Rick and Morty and Community  was at San Diego ComicCon when the video re-appeared, and he deleted his accounts soon after it started spreading.

The video shows Harmon partaking in a drunken fake radio-show style panel discussion with fellow Rick and Morty creator Justin Roiland and voice actress Cassie Steele. It was the first in a two-episode parody series that was supposedly a send-up of Showtime’s serial-killer drama Dexter. 

Harmon starts off the video by saying, “Hi, I’m Dan Harmon. You’re about to watch my controversial new pilot, Daryl,” according to The Los Angeles Times. But then the viewer see Harmon’s characters breaking into a house and simulating rape on a baby doll.

Harmon was called out this year by co-writer Megan Ganz for sexually harassing her on set. He apologized for that on his podcast, Harmontown. In a statement provided by his publicist, Harmon apologized for this 2009 video.

According to The Los Angeles Times, Harmon’s statement read, “In 2009, I made a ‘pilot’ which strove to parody the series Dexter and only succeeded in offending. I quickly realized the content was way too distasteful and took the video down immediately. Nobody should ever have to see what you saw and for that, I sincerely apologize.”