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Posted Thursday 9/20/18 at 4:08PM EDT
Chloe Dykstra says she contemplated suicide after accusing Chris Hardwick of abuse and sexual misconduct
“After months of reading horrible things about myself, I got to such a low point that I considered ending it,” Dykstra tells Time magazine. “I didn’t really have guidance because you can’t really Google, ‘How to handle being an accuser?'” Dykstra recalls that after posting her Medium in June that didn't name Hardwick, "I opened trending and saw my face. It was the most terrifying thing I have ever experienced. I was just like, ‘No, no, no.'”
Posted Monday 8/13/18 at 9:39PM EDT
Nerdist issues a statement distancing itself from Chris Hardwick after its parent company restored his name to the website
“Last week, our parent company completed its investigation into the allegations against Chris Hardwick and issued a statement on our site that reinstated a mention of Hardwick as the founder of Nerdist, which is factually true,” Nerdist said in its statement posted to Twitter, accompanied by abuse prevention hotlines. “This statement is not intended to imply any change in our ongoing support of women and victims, nor does it change our business relationship with Hardwick, which concluded in 2017.”
Posted Monday 8/13/18 at 8:43AM EDT
Chris Hardwick makes teary return to Talking Dead following sexual misconduct allegations
Source: Entertainment Weekly
“I really just want to take a minute and I want to say that I’m so appreciative to be standing here right now, and I want to thank you, The Walking Dead community, for all your support over these past couple months," an emotional Hardwick said in his first Talking Dead episode since ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra accused him of emotional and sexual abuse. "This show is not just a job to me, this is a vital part of my life, this has been a sanctuary these last seven years we’ve been here." Hardwick also said "I have so much gratitude to you the fans, the producers, and the casts of these amazing shows for allowing me to be a part of this community every week." Hardwick didn't mention that one of the producers, co-executive producer Jen Patton, and other Talking Dead staffers quit in protest over his reinstatement. “They felt they couldn’t stay after Chloe was not part of the investigation,” an insider told Deadline. AMC had no comment on the departures.
Posted Saturday 8/11/18 at 4:53AM EDT
Chris Hardwick's Talking Dead return leads to the departure of a female executive producer and several staffers
The Wrap reports that the unnamed "female executive producer and a 'handful' of the approximately 25 people who work on the talk show show left after Hardwick was reinstated last month." AMC declined to comment on the departures. Meanwhile, on Friday, Hardwick accuser and ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra tweeted that she stood by her allegations and explained why she didn't participate in the network investigation: "Hey dudes. Just a reminder: I 100% stand by every single word of my essay. I made sure it was unembellished, factual, and that I had evidence to back it up in order to protect myself in case of ACTUAL litigation (not a network investigation, where I’m not protected). That is all." ALSO: Nerdist restores Hardwick's name following an internal investigation.
Posted Saturday 8/04/18 at 2:51AM EDT
Why is Chris Hardwick "still a thing"?
"The networks have crunched the numbers and decided Hardwick remains an asset, not a liability," says Scott Meslow, who wonders why AMC and NBC couldn't find somebody else to replace Hardwick -- somebody who hasn't been accused of emotional and sexual abuse (even though AMC cleared him). "Hardwick is literally replaceable, by Yvette Nicole Brown or by hundreds of other talented people without that kind of baggage," he says. "But AMC has decided he’s worth keeping around anyway."
Posted Wednesday 8/01/18 at 12:04AM EDT
Chris Hardwick returning to NBC as host of The Wall, will also guest-judge America's Got Talent
NBC revealed the news via a promo airing Tuesday night, announcing that Hardwick will guest-judge next week's America's Got Talent episode, as previously scheduled. That's in addition to returning as host of The Wall when the game show returns for its third season this fall. NBC made the announcement six days after AMC cleared Hardwick to return to Talking Dead and his Talking interview following an investigation into his ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra's accusations of abuse and sexual misconduct. When the allegations were first made public last month, NBC said it would "assess the situation and will take appropriate action based on the outcome."
Posted Thursday 7/26/18 at 10:37PM EDT
Did AMC decide to reinstate Chris Hardwick before Comic-Con?
Lydia Hearst, Hardwick's wife, may have tipped the reinstatement last Thursday at Comic-Con when she told Variety: "He will be getting back to what he loves very soon." And while Hardwick's name went unmentioned at The Walking Dead's panel, executive producer David Alpert did offer this telling statement: “I love Chris. He’s a dear friend. I’m sad this is happening, but we have to figure out what’s going on, and I wish him all the best. I want him back. I miss Chris. I love Chris, so I hope everything sorts itself out.” ALSO: Hardwick's ex-girlfriend/accuser Chloe Dykstra said in a statement posted to Twitter that she did not participate in AMC's investigate, and that she wished to move on with her life.
Posted Wednesday 7/25/18 at 11:01PM EDT
Chris Hardwick's Talking Dead reinstatement garners mixed reaction: "F*CK THIS!!!" tweeted Kathy Griffin
Some, like wife Lydia Hearst, were supportive of Hardwick after he was accused of sexual misconduct and abuse by ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra. Some were outraged, while others weren't surprised by the news.
Posted Wednesday 7/25/18 at 4:06PM EDT
AMC clears Chris Hardwick to return as host of Talking Dead
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
After an internal investigation into Hardwick's ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra's sexual misconduct allegations, AMC has cleared Hardwick to return to his AMC jobs at Talking Dead and Talking with Chris Hardwick. Yvette Nicole Brown won't fill in for him on The Walking Dead after-show, but she'll still host a Walking Dead preview special. "Following a comprehensive assessment by AMC, working with Ivy Kagan Bierman of the firm Loeb & Loeb, who has considerable experience in this area, Chris Hardwick will return to AMC as the host of Talking Dead and Talking With Chris Hardwick," AMC said in a statement. "We take these matters very seriously and given the information available to us after a very careful review, including interviews with numerous individuals, we believe returning Chris to work is the appropriate step."
Posted Thursday 7/19/18 at 6:20PM EDT
Lydia Hearst defends husband Chris Hardwick at Comic-Con, says he'll return to TV soon
"Yeah, I think fans can expect to see him back on the air soon, and maybe hopefully back at Comic-Con next year," the actress and model said in an interview with Variety.
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'
Source: Entertainment Weekly
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!"
Source: The Mary Sue
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."