Dr. Boyce Watkins Wants Answers from ‘Boondocks’ Creator, Aaron McGruder on Mysterious Exit from Show

cfb1Boondocks-080911*Boondocks fans probably know that the fourth (and final) season of the show is on its way. Based on the comic strip of the same name, the Boondocks is a no-nonsense, off-the-cuff, intelligent teen-adult animated episodic; that is the brainchild of creator, Aaron McGruder.

Too bad he won’t be returning with it.

McGruder’s exit, after three seasons, along with the cryptic goodbye on his Facebook page that follows, has caught the attention of one fan in particular.

And while everyone within earshot of the news about his departure may stand in stunned silence, Dr. Boyce Watkins does not.

The man wants details (and so do we!).

McGruder’s eloquent, emotional, yet cryptic goodbye went like this:


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.


Nice enough right? But Dr. Watkins, a self-described person of an anti-social nature wasn’t looking for nice. He poses some very insightful questions for Aaron McGruder.

No doubt inquiring minds want know as well.

Watkins: OK, I have a few quick questions that I’d love to ask Aaron McGruder in person. But I’ll probably never get to ask him, since I hear that he’s as anti-social as I am.  So, I’ll just ask them out loud and hope that Black Jesus is listening:

1) What happened bro?  Didn’t you own The Boondocks?  How did someone boot you out of a show that belonged to you?  If they did, could this be a lesson to the rest of us about the importance of holding onto our intellectual property? I suspect that it is.  It would seem that ownership becomes even more critical when doing controversial work. That’s what keeps a white man from being able to slap you on the forehead when you’ve been a “bad little negro.”  Ownership is more important than money most of the time.

2) I see you have a new show on the same network, but aren’t going to be involved with the show that brought you to the network in the first place.  How does that work?  It doesn’t appear that you’ve fallen out with Adult Swim entirely, so I’d love to hear a better explanation.  The one on your Facebook page, to be honest, is a little cryptic.  It tells us a lot about you, but doesn’t tell us much about the decision-making process or those who’ve created the awkward situation we are faced with today.

For the final 3 questions, visit Financial Juneteenth.com and read the original article by Dr. Boyce Watkins.

The Boondocks, with no input from its creator, makes it fourth season premier on April 21 at 10:30/9:30c on Adult Swim.

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