John Witherspoon says "The Boondocks" is returning for season 5
“It’s one of the best cartoons I’ve ever been on,” Witherspoon said.
Five years after the last episode aired, it looks like “The Boondocks” is returning for a fifth season.
In a recent interview, John Witherspoon, who voiced the character Robert Jebediah “Granddad” Freeman, told Joe Rogan that the series is returning to television.
“I’m on the cartoon—what is it? The Boondocks? I didn’t change my voice for The Boondocks,” Witherspoon said while explaining how he stays true to himself in the roles he chooses. “And they coming back: The Boondocks is coming back … It’s one of the best cartoons I’ve ever been on.”
Originally debuting on Adult Swim in 2005, “The Boondocks” was a series based on the comic strip by Aaron McGruder. The satire series dealt with an array of sociopolitical issues from racism to R. Kelly’s 2008 trial. McGruder executive produced the first three seasons and then took a step back during season four.
“As the world now knows, The Boondocks will be returning for a fourth season, but I will not be returning with it,” he wrote in a statement. “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 […] To quote a great white man, ‘Hollywood is a business.’ And to quote another great white man, ‘Don’t hold grudges.’ “
Earlier this year, McGruder released a series of new Boondocks comics strips that addressed everything in today’s society from the Trump administration to the Mueller investigation to the #MuteRKelly movement. “Did these for fun (and to see if I still could),” McGruder said in a statement via Charlamagne tha God. “These strips were only possible due to the enormous talent of my good friend Seung Kim, who did the animation for the old show – and he’s a busy guy. Thanks to him and thanks to Charlamagne for putting these out for me while I get my instagram act together.”
Neither Adult Swim or McGruder have confirmed the return of the series.
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