AMC and Nerdist previously cut ties with Hardwick following abuse allegations.
Following allegations of abuse and sexual assault made against him by his ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra, talk show host Chris Hardwick will reportedly not moderate Warner Bros.’s panel at next month’s San Diego Comic-Con. The talk show host had moderated the studio’s Hall H presentation for the last couple of years.
Our original report from June 18th follows.
AMC has cut ties with Talking Dead host, Chris Hardwick, following allegations of abuse from his ex-girlfriend, Chloe Dykstra.
The network’s decision comes in the wake of a Medium post from Dykstra that described her experience with an anonymous abuser, but people managed to connect the dots between the former Nerdist host and Hardwick.
“We have had a positive working relationship with Chris Hardwick for many years. We take the troubling allegations that surfaced yesterday very seriously,” read AMC’s statement.
“While we assess the situation, Talking With Chris Hardwick will not air on AMC, and Chris has decided to step aside from moderating planned AMC and BBC America panels at Comic-Con International in San Diego next month.”
Hardwick’s former company, Nerdist, also released a statement, saying that he has had “no operational involvement with Nerdist for the two years preceding the expiration of his contract in December 2017,” and that “the company has removed all reference” to Hardwick, “even as the original Founder of Nerdist pending further investigation.”
In response to the allegations of emotional and sexual abuse, Hardwick released a statement of his own, categorically denying Dykstra’s claims.
Hardwick acted as the host of a number of post-episode discussions for a handful of AMC’s shows, including Preacher, and Better Call Saul.
NBC joins AMC and Nerdist in distancing itself from Hardwick, who hosts the networks The Wall game show.
“These allegations about Chris Hardwick took us by surprise as we have had a positive working relationship with him. However, we take allegations of misconduct very seriously,” reads the company’s statement.
“Production on ‘The Wall’ does not begin until September, and in the meantime we are continuing to assess the situation and will take appropriate action based on the outcome.”