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Posted Friday 7/13/18 at 11:36PM EDT
AMC taps Yvette Nicole Brown to step in for Chris Hardwick as Talking Dead's interim host
The Community alum will temporarily host Talking Dead and a Walking Dead special as AMC continues its investigation of sexual misconduct allegations against Hardwick that were leveled by his ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra. Brown, a frequent Talking Dead guest, has already agreed to moderate next week's The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead panels at Comic-Con. “Yvette Nicole Brown will step in as an interim guest host of The Walking Dead Season 9 Preview Special on August 5 and Talking Dead when it returns following the premiere of Fear the Walking Dead on August 12, as we work to complete our assessment related to Chris Hardwick,” AMC said in a statement on Friday. After Hardwick was pulled from Talking Dead, many Walking Dead fans urged AMC to replace him with Brown.
Posted Thursday 7/05/18 at 12:34PM EDT
Yvette Nicole Brown is "not jockeying" for Chris Hardwick's Talking Dead job
The Community alum, a popular choice to replace Hardwick on the AMC aftershow, tweeted an explanation for why she's moderating The Walking Dead panels at Comic-Con. "I will say this once. I am filling in for a friend, which I have done before," she tweeted. "I am not jockeying for a job. I have enough of my own. It is my prayer that God's Will is done in the midst of this process & that everyone is okay. My character is known & sound. Nothing has changed."
Posted Tuesday 7/03/18 at 3:01PM EDT
Jeffrey Dean Morgan to Walking Dead fans: "It's rude and creepy" to visit my home
"Dear people that think it’s a solid plan to come to our house, take pictures, drive up to house, knock on door... it’s not a good plan," Morgan tweeted this morning. "It’s rude and creepy. Respect our privacy please. And... you’re being recorded." ALSO: Yvette Nicole Brown replaces Chris Hardwick on The Walking Dead's Comic-Con panel.
Posted Friday 6/29/18 at 10:56PM EDT
Bill Maher cites HBO rival Showtime's The Affair in reaction to the sexual misconduct allegations against Chris Hardwick'
The Real Time host doesn't know Hardwick well, but he says he read Chloe Dykstra's account of his alleged emotional and sexual abuse. "There’s a show on — I shouldn’t plug it because it’s my network rival — but there’s a show on Showtime called The Affair," he says when asked about Hardwick. "Have you ever seen it? It’s a Rashomon-type show where the first half hour is his story, then the second half hour is her story. So, they’re showing basically the same sequence of events through the eyes of two different people. And, of course, what you see is how differently people remember the exact same situation. They didn’t invent that, but it’s an interesting way to look at a relationship. So I have no idea. What I do know is this: It’s got to be different when you have 30 accusers than when you have one. When it’s a Bill Cosby, when it’s a Harvey Weinstein, when it’s any of these situations where dozens and dozens of people come forward, then it’s almost preposterous to say, 'Well, there’s nothing to see here.' But when it’s one person, I have no idea. And of course, it’s probably wrong to condemn someone based on one person, because relationships touch our rawest nerves, and people then sometimes do remember things wrong, or sometimes have personal revenge motivations. We just don’t know. Should we believe the woman? Yes, of course. But also every case is an individual case. I don’t think anyone should be arguing that women, ethereal creatures though they are, are infallible."
Posted Thursday 6/28/18 at 10:16PM EDT
Blindspot star Jaimie Alexander promotes a petition to "Bring Chris Hardwick Back!"
Alexander tweeted this afternoon that she's known Hardwick" for over 10 years. I knew him through his breakup with said accuser (Chloe Dykstra). With the personal knowledge I have regarding this situation I am choosing to follow my heart, my instincts, and support my friend."
Posted Wednesday 6/27/18 at 1:16PM EDT
A third Chris Hardwick ex-girlfriend, actress Andrea Savage, speaks out in his defense
The Episodes and Veep veteran joins Hardwick's ex-girlfriends Jacinda Barrett and Janet Varney in coming to the Talking Dead host's defense following sexual and emotional abuse allegations from ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra. All three exes have spoken out in the past 24 hours. “None of this rang true in terms of my experience with him,” said Savage. “He’s truly one of the least controlling people. That’s not the Chris I know.” Savage also explained why she decided to speak out: “I feel like we’re suddenly in this environment where people are able to publicly name and accuse you of things, but then nobody else is allowed to give their experience with that person and defend their character. If you’re a woman and you say something like this, you’re not supportive of women and against the MeToo movement. If you’re a man, forget it, you can’t say anything.”
Posted Wednesday 6/27/18 at 2:32AM EDT
Chris Hardwick defended by another ex-girlfriend, actress Janet Varney
The You're the Worst and Stan Against Evil alum says during her seven-year relationship with Hardwick, "I was never subjected to any kind of sexual abuse or controlling behavior whatsoever. Since our breakup in 2011, we have remained friends."
Posted Tuesday 6/26/18 at 1:55PM EDT
Chris Hardwick's ex-girlfriend Jacinda Barrett defends him, cautions against "rush to judgment"
The former Real World and Bloodline star took to Instagram to say that Chloe Dykstra’s story “bears no resemblance to the one I shared with him all those years ago.” Barrett dated Hardwick for four years, and she says of Dykstra's allegations: "What is of supreme importance here is that every woman and every man deserves a voice."
Posted Thursday 6/21/18 at 1:11PM EDT
Lydia Hearst issues a statement in support of husband Chris Hardwick
"Over the last year the #MeToo movement has rightly aimed a spotlight directly on women whose stories needed to be told," the model and actress -- and daughter of Patty Hearst -- said in response to Chloe Dykstra's emotional and sexual abuse allegations. "As someone who has been involved in toxic relationships in the past, I know first hand the importance of sharing these stories and do not take this situation lightly. I have made the decision to come out in support of my husband not out of obligation, but out of necessity to speak the truth about the person I know. Chris is nothing but loving and compassionate and is the only person who has stood by me, never judged me, helped me heal, and feel whole. To defend my husband would be giving credence to any of these accusations. I will not do that. Chris Hardwick is a good man. I remain in complete support of my husband, and I believe that the truth will always win. #TimesUp because I know my truth and I believe in due process.”
Posted Thursday 6/21/18 at 6:51AM EDT
Chloe Dykstra speaks out for the first time since Chris Hardwick's denial: "This whole experience has opened my eyes so much"
In her first tweet since Friday, Dykstra posted a lengthy statement that didn't address Hardwick's denial. Instead, she wrote about the experience of coming forward with her emotional and sexual abuse allegations. “It is my hope, and it always was, that women and men on both sides of abuse will make changes to either protect themselves, or to stop the cycle of pain their own behavior can cause,” she wrote. “These behaviors are insidious and often hard to spot – we make excuses for them and, bit by bit, we can lose ourselves entirely.”
Posted Wednesday 6/20/18 at 6:07PM EDT
Patty Hearst defends son-in-law Chris Hardwick by tweeting a link to an "especially interesting" Chloe Dykstra video praising his behavior
Hearst, whose daughter Lydia Hearst married Hardwick in 2016, linked to the video of the Talking Dead host's ex-girlfriend calling him “my amazing, loving, sweet boyfriend" and praising him for his support when she had to go to the emergency room. Hearst said in her tweet: "Silly me. I thought YouTube was only to look at naughty kitties, waterskiing squirrels, and skateboarding dogs. Then I performed a simple search. It gets especially interesting at 5:40. Social media is a gold mine!" This is the second time that Hearst has defended her son-in-law since Dykstra made her emotional and sexual abuse allegations. Last Saturday, Hearst called Dykstra a "Bunny Boiler."
- Hardwick pulled as moderator from the Warner Bros/DC Comic-Con
- Adam Carolla defends Hardwick: “Chris has always been a very thoughtful, sort of just gentle guy… Also, there’s no such thing as being in a relationship, where somebody couldn’t compose something that said ‘I felt threatened.'”
Posted Wednesday 6/20/18 at 3:57AM EDT
On Chris Hardwick: "The silence from those in his orbit is deafening"
Those who've worked with Hardwick couldn't speak about his alleged sexual abuse of ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra, but they tell The Wrap that her other criticisms of him ring true. “Nobody’s surprised. Everyone can think back to incidents with Chris that line up with something in that story,” said one anonymous former Nerdist employee. “You don’t see anybody saying ‘That’s not the Chris Hardwick I know,’ because that is the Chris Hardwick most people know.” A producer who worked with Hardwick added: “She’s not writing about a complete stranger there, I could recognize him through the details. He’s an alcoholic who replaced his alcoholism with workaholism, and that may have led to just as bad a side effect for people. He wasn’t going out and getting drunk and insulting people, but he was concentrating on the work and building up his empire, not concentrating on how that affected people.” ALSO: The takedown of Hardwick shows that #MeToo has gone too far.
Posted Monday 6/18/18 at 8:27PM EDT
If Talking Dead had to replace Chris Hardwick, many fans are hoping Yvette Nicole Brown gets the job
The Community alum has emerged as the fan favorite to replace Hardwick, according to The Wrap, should his job become open following allegations from his ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra that he had been emotionally and sexually abusive. Other picks to replace Hardwick include Aisha Tyler, Felicia Day, Retta and Sam Maggs.
Posted Saturday 6/16/18 at 4:40AM EDT
Chris Hardwick: "At no time" did I sexually assault my ex-girlfriend
“These are very serious allegations and not to be taken lightly which is why I’ve taken the day to consider how to respond,” said Hardwick in a statement Friday night, adding that he was "blindsided" by ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra's Medium essay alleging emotional and sexually abusive behavior. “I was heartbroken to read Chloe’s post. Our three year relationship was not perfect—we were ultimately not a good match and argued—even shouted at each other—but I loved her, and did my best to uplift and support her as a partner and companion in any way and at no time did I sexually assault her.” Hardwick added: "When we were living together, I found out that Chloe had cheated on me, and I ended the relationship. For several weeks after we broke up, she asked to get back together with me and even told me she wanted to have kids with me, ‘build a life’ with me and told me that I was ‘the one,’ but I did not want to be with someone who was unfaithful. I’m devastated to read that she is now accusing me of conduct that did not occur. l was blindsided by her post and always wanted the best for her. As a husband, a son, and future father, I do not condone any kind of mistreatment of women.” UPDATE: Hardwick's Talking with Chris Hardwick show has been pulled, as well as his San Diego Comic-Con appearances: “We have had a positive working relationship with Chris Hardwick for many years," AMC said in a statement. "We take the troubling allegations that surfaced yesterday very seriously. 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 was scheduled to moderate Jodie Whittaker's Doctor Who panel.
Posted Friday 6/15/18 at 10:55PM EDT
AMC under pressure to pull Talking With Chris Hardwick in wake of his ex-girlfriend's abuse allegations
Season 2 of Hardwick's late-night interview show is scheduled to premiere on Sunday with guest Donald Glover. The episode was filmed more than a month ago. According to Deadline, with 48 hours until airtime, AMC is considering requests to pull the show following ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra's abuse allegations.