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We’ve all been patiently, or more so impatiently, waiting for the fourth season of Rick And Morty to air, and last week the show's co-creator Dan Harmon said it's not currently being written because the new season hasn't been ordered by a network.

And now, Harmon has further explained the real reason why.

Read more: ‘Rick And Morty’ creator says new season “hasn’t been ordered” by network

“The reason why we we're not working on Rick And Morty right now ain't because I figured out that I don't need to impress you,” Harmon told Kevin Smith on his “Smodcast” show, ComicBook.com reports. “It's a little something called contract negotiations, and it's gotten complicated this time around.”

This makes sense, of course. Rick And Morty has easily turned into one of the biggest, if not the biggest, show on Adult Swim.

Replying to a fan’s angry tweet about the show not getting written in a timely manner, Harmon responded saying: “It can be challenging…to write a show that hasn’t been ordered by a network.”

I hear ya, tough spot. On one hand, it can be challenging, especially with crippling lazy alcoholism, to write a show that hasn’t been ordered by a network. On the other hand, the thought that fans like you pay the price…I mean…I’m gonna grab a drink https://t.co/mvn9nthxCE

— Dan Harmon (@danharmon) March 17, 2018

The news comes as a huge surprise to many fans. The show is easily one of the highest rated shows on the network, even scoring an average of 97 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

In just three short seasons, Rick And Morty has gained a massive following, and its fans have been a driving force in a lot of Rick And Morty related news—like being responsible for McDonald’s bringing back the show’s highly popular Szechuan sauce.

We’re pretty shocked and devastated that the show hasn’t been picked up by the network yet. Unfortunately, the wait comes as no surprise. As previously reported, the show might not air until later in 2019.

Hopefully things will get settled soon because we’d miss this slightly unconventional family a lot.

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