The Ren & Stimpy reboot at Comedy Central may not happen after all.
News that the show has been shelved at Comedy Central was reported this evening by Robyn Byrd, who has accused John Kricfalusi, the creator of Ren & Stimpy, of abusing her when she was underage. She wrote on her Twitter account: “Confirmed from several sources: Ren & Stimpy reboot = shelved!!”
Confirmed from several sources: Ren & Stimpy reboot = shelved!!
Thanks millions to those who signed my petition, wrote articles, and most importantly, made an ENORMOUS STINK about it on Twitter! 💕💅👏
— Robyn Byrd (@TopographicFish) September 30, 2020
We have reached out to ViacomCBS for further clarification on the status of the project, but have not heard back. The story will be updated with comment from the company when and if they respond.
When the R&S reboot was first announced, Byrd launched a petition asking ViacomCBS to reverse course, but it is not clear if the company’s decision has anything to do with that petition.
Byrd argued that even though creator John Kricfalusi would not be involved with the reboot, a revival would place him back in the spotlight. “This man used Ren & Stimpy to lure young people to his studio and into his confidence, only to abuse them, stunt their careers, and molest young girls,” she said. “He WILL DO IT AGAIN.”
This is not the first time that someone has claimed that the revival has been shelved. Earlier this month, Bob Camp, a key creative figure on the series and later a producer of the show, also wrote on Facebook that the show had been shelved.
Without a definitive comment from ViacomCBS, we’ll have to wait and see whether these reports are accurate.