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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 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 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 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.
Posted Friday 6/15/18 at 1:50PM EDT
Nerdist removes all references to Chris Hardwick after ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra appeared to accuse him of sexual misconduct and emotional abuse
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Legendary Entertainment, which owns Nerdist, said in a statement: "Chris Hardwick had no operational involvement with Nerdist for the two years preceding the expiration of his contract in December 2017. He no longer has any affiliation with Legendary Digital Networks." The statement comes hours after Dykstra published a Medium essay about an abusive relationship with an unnamed "powerhouse CEO" that strongly suggested she was writing about Hardwick.