‘Walking Dead’ Sends Andrew Lincoln (and Rick Grimes) Off With Ratings Growth

Rick Grimes left “The Walking Dead” Sunday, and gave the series the parting gift of a little growth in Nielsen ratings.

In Live+Same Day data from Nielsen, the most recent installment of the AMC drama — which served as Andrew Lincoln’s exit from the series — brought in 5.4 million total viewers, up 6 percent from last week’s episode. Episode 905 also grabbed 2.7 million viewers among adults 18-49, also up 6 percent from last week.

Those numbers bring “The Walking Dead” to its highest mark in both total viewers and the key demo in L+SD data since the Season 9 premiere last month.

Also Read: ‘Walking Dead’: Andrew Lincoln and Rick Grimes Will Return in a Series of TV Movies

Meanwhile Sunday’s “Talking Dead” — which featured an interview with Andrew Lincoln and guests Scott Gimple, Melissa McBride and Yvette Nicole Brown — saw a significant lift in both total viewers (2.7 million, up 48 percent from the previous week) and the key demo (1.3 million, up 66 percent) over last week’s episode, according to L+SD data.

While this is a modest growth in numbers for the drama — which has seen a steady decline in ratings in recent years — Lincoln’s exit did have “Sunday Night Football” to compete with, in a showdown between the New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers that ended up as the highest-rated NFL game of the season, with 23.7 million viewers and a 13.7 rating among adults 18-49.

Also Read: Ratings: NBC Scores Big Sunday Win With Marquee Tom Brady vs Aaron Rodgers NFL Matchup

“The Walking Dead”s goodbye to Rick (and Lincoln’s goodbye on “Talking Dead”) should see a decent lift when Live+3 Day numbers come in later this week, as the show has been growing by around 50 percent in that metric this year, an increase over Season 8’s three-day rise.

“Walking Dead” remains cable’s No. 1 show in cable and the No. 2 drama across all of television, behind only “This Is Us.”

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Rick Grimes left “The Walking Dead” Sunday, and gave the series the parting gift of a little growth in Nielsen ratings.

In Live+Same Day data from Nielsen, the most recent installment of the AMC drama — which served as Andrew Lincoln’s exit from the series — brought in 5.4 million total viewers, up 6 percent from last week’s episode. Episode 905 also grabbed 2.7 million viewers among adults 18-49, also up 6 percent from last week.

Those numbers bring “The Walking Dead” to its highest mark in both total viewers and the key demo in L+SD data since the Season 9 premiere last month.

Meanwhile Sunday’s “Talking Dead” — which featured an interview with Andrew Lincoln and guests Scott Gimple, Melissa McBride and Yvette Nicole Brown — saw a significant lift in both total viewers (2.7 million, up 48 percent from the previous week) and the key demo (1.3 million, up 66 percent) over last week’s episode, according to L+SD data.

While this is a modest growth in numbers for the drama — which has seen a steady decline in ratings in recent years — Lincoln’s exit did have “Sunday Night Football” to compete with, in a showdown between the New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers that ended up as the highest-rated NFL game of the season, with 23.7 million viewers and a 13.7 rating among adults 18-49.

“The Walking Dead”s goodbye to Rick (and Lincoln’s goodbye on “Talking Dead”) should see a decent lift when Live+3 Day numbers come in later this week, as the show has been growing by around 50 percent in that metric this year, an increase over Season 8’s three-day rise.

“Walking Dead” remains cable’s No. 1 show in cable and the No. 2 drama across all of television, behind only “This Is Us.”

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‘Walking Dead’ Ratings Steady For Andrew Lincoln’s Exit; ‘Talking Dead’ Surges Up

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Andrew Lincoln Still In ‘The Walking Dead’ World With Rick Grimes Movies Planned, Calls It “End Of The Beginning” – Update

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Nick Cannon Is Developing a Weekly Late-Night Show at Fox

Nick Cannon is heading to late night.

Cannon and “Talking Dead” executive producer Michael Davies are teaming up with Fox to develop a weekly topical late-night series featuring stand-up comedians, celebrity interviews and musical performances, TheWrap has learned.

Cannon and Michael Goldman would also executive produce the show under NCredible Entertainment. As an extension of the show, Cannon, Davies and Fox’s digital team will curate segments for online that will be distributed via social media.

Also Read: Fox Orders Nick Cannon-Hosted Celebrity Singing Competition Series ‘The Masked Singer’

The show is part of a pre-existing overall development deal Cannon has signed with Fox.

Cannon will host the network’s upcoming competition series “The Masked Singer,” which features celebrities facing off against one another with one major twist: each singer is shrouded from head to toe in an elaborate costume, complete with full face mask to conceal his or her identity.

The series is set to air in January 2019, and will feature Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke on the show’s panel, alongside Cannon.

Cannon most recently hosted the Teen Choice Awards, which aired on Fox in August. He is repped by Michael Goldman.

The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.

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Nick Cannon is heading to late night.

Cannon and “Talking Dead” executive producer Michael Davies are teaming up with Fox to develop a weekly topical late-night series featuring stand-up comedians, celebrity interviews and musical performances, TheWrap has learned.

Cannon and Michael Goldman would also executive produce the show under NCredible Entertainment. As an extension of the show, Cannon, Davies and Fox’s digital team will curate segments for online that will be distributed via social media.

The show is part of a pre-existing overall development deal Cannon has signed with Fox.

Cannon will host the network’s upcoming competition series “The Masked Singer,” which features celebrities facing off against one another with one major twist: each singer is shrouded from head to toe in an elaborate costume, complete with full face mask to conceal his or her identity.

The series is set to air in January 2019, and will feature Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke on the show’s panel, alongside Cannon.

Cannon most recently hosted the Teen Choice Awards, which aired on Fox in August. He is repped by Michael Goldman.

The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.

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‘The Walking Dead’ Airs Scott Wilson Tribute After Tonight’s Season Debut

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Chris Hardwick Cries in Return to ‘Talking Dead’: ‘I Have so Much Gratitude’ (Video)

A tearful Chris Hardwick returned to “Talking Dead” on Sunday, where the AMC personality sniffled his way through a heartfelt thank you to the colleagues and fans who have stuck by him.

“I really just want to take a minute and I want to say that I am so appreciative to be standing here right now,” he said. “And I want to thank you, the ‘Walking Dead’ community for all of your support these last couple of months.”

“The show is not just a job to me — this is a vital part of my life,” Hardwick continued. “And this has been a sanctuary. These last seven years we’ve been here. This has been with me through good times and bad times, and I have so much gratitude to you, the fans and the producers and the amazing casts of both of these shows.”

Also Read: Chris Hardwick’s Ex Chloe Dykstra Says She Stands by ‘Every Single Word of My Essay’

Hardwick was suspended by AMC after his ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra accused him of abusive behavior in a publicly posted essay. Though Dykstra did not name the former boyfriend, whom she said pressured her into sex and ultimately derailed her career, it was pretty easy to connect the dots to the Nerdist co-founder.

In her essay, titled “Rose-Colored Glasses: A Confession,” the 29-year-old said that when she was in her early twenties, she dated a man “almost 20 years my senior” who displayed what she called “controlling behavior.”

She also accused the man of pressuring her into sex against her will, though she wrote, “To be fair, I did go along with it out of fear of losing him.” She added that “after three years of being snapped/yelled at constantly, very rarely being shown any affection- I finally left him.”

Also Read: Chris Hardwick’s Name Restored to Nerdist Website After Reinstatement by AMC and NBC

“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,” AMC said in a statement last month announcing that Hardwick had been reinstated.

Dykstra said she stands by “every single word” of her essay.

Watch Hardwick’s “Talking Dead” return via the video above. The after-show covers the on-screen exploits of dramas “The Walking Dead” and spinoff “Fear the Walking Dead.”

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A tearful Chris Hardwick returned to “Talking Dead” on Sunday, where the AMC personality sniffled his way through a heartfelt thank you to the colleagues and fans who have stuck by him.

“I really just want to take a minute and I want to say that I am so appreciative to be standing here right now,” he said. “And I want to thank you, the ‘Walking Dead’ community for all of your support these last couple of months.”

“The show is not just a job to me — this is a vital part of my life,” Hardwick continued. “And this has been a sanctuary. These last seven years we’ve been here. This has been with me through good times and bad times, and I have so much gratitude to you, the fans and the producers and the amazing casts of both of these shows.”

Hardwick was suspended by AMC after his ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra accused him of abusive behavior in a publicly posted essay. Though Dykstra did not name the former boyfriend, whom she said pressured her into sex and ultimately derailed her career, it was pretty easy to connect the dots to the Nerdist co-founder.

In her essay, titled “Rose-Colored Glasses: A Confession,” the 29-year-old said that when she was in her early twenties, she dated a man “almost 20 years my senior” who displayed what she called “controlling behavior.”

She also accused the man of pressuring her into sex against her will, though she wrote, “To be fair, I did go along with it out of fear of losing him.” She added that “after three years of being snapped/yelled at constantly, very rarely being shown any affection- I finally left him.”

“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,” AMC said in a statement last month announcing that Hardwick had been reinstated.

Dykstra said she stands by “every single word” of her essay.

Watch Hardwick’s “Talking Dead” return via the video above. The after-show covers the on-screen exploits of dramas “The Walking Dead” and spinoff “Fear the Walking Dead.”

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Chris Hardwick Makes Tearful ‘Talking Dead’ Return

A clearly emotional Chris Hardwick returned as the host of the AMC series “Talking Dead” on Sunday night. “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…

A clearly emotional Chris Hardwick returned as the host of the AMC series “Talking Dead” on Sunday night. “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 […]

Tearful Chris Hardwick Returns to ‘Talking Dead,’ Thanks Fans But Doesn’t Address Allegations

“Talking Dead” returned on Sunday with Hardwick as host, but without several staffers who had quit in protest.

Talking Dead” host Chris Hardwick returned to TV for the first time since he was accused of being abusive by ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra, and opened Sunday night’s show with a brief statement of thanks to fans — without addressing the allegations about his actions.

“Hi, normally I recap the show we’re about to talk about here, but instead I really just want to take a minute and say I’m so appreciative to be standing here right now,” Hardwick said in the cold open. “I want to thank you, ‘The Walking Dead’ community, for all of your support these last couple of months. You know, 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. This has been with me through good times and bad times, and I have so much gratitude to you, the fans. And the producers and the amazing casts of both of these shows, for allowing me to come here and be a part of this community every week.

“This is what this is, this is a community. And we’re on the precipice of a lot of changes on both “Walking Dead’ shows in the coming weeks and months. I’m so looking forward to going on that journey with you. And I’ve said the following words a million times, countless times and yet I have never been more thankful than I am at this very moment to say to you, that I am Chris Hardwick, and this is ‘Talking Dead.'”

The return episode of “Talking Dead,” timed to the return of the second half of “Fear the Walking Dead” Season 4, was reportedly taped earlier today. That’s a change from the show’s traditionally live format. But “Talking Dead” was back under immensely different circumstances from before. Superfan Yvette Nicole Brown, executive producer Ian Goldberg, and “Fear” star Danay Garcia were the guests with Hardwick.

Hardwick also took a moment to thank Brown for filling in for him at Comic-Con. “You are a gift on this planet,” he said.

Hardwick was accused of sexual abuse by ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra in a Medium essay written earlier this summer. In the piece, Dykstra detailed an abusive, years-long relationship with an unnamed man whom readers quickly deduced was Hardwick.

After the post, AMC yanked Hardwick’s “Talking With Chris Hardwick” off the air and Hardwick stepped down from hosting AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and “Fear the Walking Dead” San Diego Comic-Con panels. Hardwick was also originally pulled from the return of “Talking Dead,” with Yvette Nicole Brown set to fill in on tonight’s return episode.

But on July 25, AMC announced that it had completed an investigation into Hardwick, who was then reinstated as host of the “Talking” franchise.

“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,’” the network said. “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.”

Soon after that, NBC confirmed that Hardwick would appear as scheduled on the August 7 episode of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” as a guest judge. He is also confirmed to continue as host of the Peacock’s “The Wall” when it returns to the network for Season 3. And Legendary Entertainment, which had pulled Hardwick’s name off its Nerdist website (which Hardwick, who now has no involvement, originally launched), has returned his name to the site.

All of this didn’t sit well with some staffers on “Talking Dead.” A female executive producer chose to depart the after-show along with a “handful” of its 25 or so staffers now that Hardwick has returned.

Dykstra also weighed in on Friday via Twitter:

“Appreciative” Chris Hardwick Returns To ‘Talking Dead’; Co-EP + Others Quit

SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details of tonight’s Fear The Walking Dead and Talking Dead.
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Chris Hardwick’s Ex Chloe Dykstra Says She Stands by ‘Every Single Word of My Essay’

Chris Hardwick’s ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra — whose essay in June about a former boyfriend with “controlling behavior” was quickly followed by investigations into the “Talking Dead” host — took to Twitter to say that she stands by “every single word of my essay” on Friday.

Dykstra’s message, posted to her Twitter account, came on the same day news broke that Nerdist — which Hardwick co-founded — had restored Hardwick’s name to its website.

“Hey dudes. Just a reminder: I 100 percent stand by every single word of my essay,” Dykstra wrote.

Also Read: Chris Hardwick’s Name Restored to Nerdist Website After Reinstatement by AMC and NBC

She added, “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.”

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.

— Chloe Dykstra (@skydart) August 10, 2018

Hardwick — who had previously been reinstated at AMC, which airs “Talking Dead” — returns to the show on Sunday. NBC has confirmed that it had also restored Hardwick on its programs, including “The Wall.”

Also Read: ‘Talking Dead’ Loses Female Executive Producer, ‘Handful’ of Staffers After Chris Hardwick’s Return (Exclusive)

Hardwick was apparently accused of misconduct by Dykstra in a June Medium essay. Though Dykstra did not name the former boyfriend, whom she said pressured her into sex and ultimately derailed her career, it was pretty easy to connect the dots to the Nerdist co-founder.

In her essay, titled “Rose-Colored Glasses: A Confession,” the 29-year-old said that when she was in her early twenties she dated a man “almost 20 years my senior” who displayed what she called “controlling behavior.”

She also accused the man of pressuring her into sex against her will, though she wrote, “To be fair, I did go along with it out of fear of losing him.” She added that “after three years of being snapped/yelled at constantly, very rarely being shown any affection- I finally left him.”

Also Read: Kathy Griffin Rails Against Chris Hardwick’s ‘Talking Dead’ Return: ‘F– THIS!!!’

Following the essay’s publication, Hardwick was temporarily removed from “Talking Dead,” but was reinstated in July.

“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,” AMC said in a statement last month announcing that Hardwick had been reinstated.

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.

– Chloe Dykstra (@skydart) August 10, 2018

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Chris Hardwick’s ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra — whose essay in June about a former boyfriend with “controlling behavior” was quickly followed by investigations into the “Talking Dead” host — took to Twitter to say that she stands by “every single word of my essay” on Friday.

Dykstra’s message, posted to her Twitter account, came on the same day news broke that Nerdist — which Hardwick co-founded — had restored Hardwick’s name to its website.

“Hey dudes. Just a reminder: I 100 percent stand by every single word of my essay,” Dykstra wrote.

She added, “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.”

Hardwick — who had previously been reinstated at AMC, which airs “Talking Dead” — returns to the show on Sunday. NBC has confirmed that it had also restored Hardwick on its programs, including “The Wall.”

Hardwick was apparently accused of misconduct by Dykstra in a June Medium essay. Though Dykstra did not name the former boyfriend, whom she said pressured her into sex and ultimately derailed her career, it was pretty easy to connect the dots to the Nerdist co-founder.

In her essay, titled “Rose-Colored Glasses: A Confession,” the 29-year-old said that when she was in her early twenties she dated a man “almost 20 years my senior” who displayed what she called “controlling behavior.”

She also accused the man of pressuring her into sex against her will, though she wrote, “To be fair, I did go along with it out of fear of losing him.” She added that “after three years of being snapped/yelled at constantly, very rarely being shown any affection- I finally left him.”

Following the essay’s publication, Hardwick was temporarily removed from “Talking Dead,” but was reinstated in July.

“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,” AMC said in a statement last month announcing that Hardwick had been reinstated.

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Chris Hardwick’s Name Restored to Nerdist Website After Reinstatement by AMC and NBC

Chris Hardwick’s name has been restored to the Nerdist Website’s “About” page following the conclusion of investigations by NBC and AMC into accusations of misconduct.

“Founded by Chris Hardwick in 2012, Nerdist is home to the Nerdist Podcast Network, Nerdist News and Nerdist Presents,” the website’s about page displayed Friday.

Legendary Entertainment, Nerdist’s owner, previously removed all references to Hardwick from the site after Chloe Dykstra, his former girlfriend, accused him of long-term emotional abuse and controlling behavior, as well as hurting her career. He denied any wrongdoing.

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“Following an internal investigation conducted with the assistance of outside employment counsel into Mr. Hardwick’s conduct while employed at Nerdist, we have made the determination to restore the reference to Mr. Hardwick as a founder of Nerdist,” the company said in an official statement to the Hollywood Reporter.

In June, Hardwick was temporarily removed from his “Talking” family of AMC chat shows as well as his NBC game show projects. as both networks investigated Dykstra’s accusations. AMC completed its investigation and reinstated Hardwick July 25. NBC did the same 6 days later.

Hardwick will return as the host of “Talking Dead” August 12, following the midseason return of “Fear the Walking Dead.” But as TheWrap exclusively reported,  one executive producer and several other staffers left “Talking Dead” as a result of the network’s decision to allow him back on the “Walking Dead” wrap-up show.

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Chris Hardwick’s name has been restored to the Nerdist Website’s “About” page following the conclusion of investigations by NBC and AMC into accusations of misconduct.

“Founded by Chris Hardwick in 2012, Nerdist is home to the Nerdist Podcast Network, Nerdist News and Nerdist Presents,” the website’s about page displayed Friday.

Legendary Entertainment, Nerdist’s owner, previously removed all references to Hardwick from the site after Chloe Dykstra, his former girlfriend, accused him of long-term emotional abuse and controlling behavior, as well as hurting her career. He denied any wrongdoing.

“Following an internal investigation conducted with the assistance of outside employment counsel into Mr. Hardwick’s conduct while employed at Nerdist, we have made the determination to restore the reference to Mr. Hardwick as a founder of Nerdist,” the company said in an official statement to the Hollywood Reporter.

In June, Hardwick was temporarily removed from his “Talking” family of AMC chat shows as well as his NBC game show projects. as both networks investigated Dykstra’s accusations. AMC completed its investigation and reinstated Hardwick July 25. NBC did the same 6 days later.

Hardwick will return as the host of “Talking Dead” August 12, following the midseason return of “Fear the Walking Dead.” But as TheWrap exclusively reported,  one executive producer and several other staffers left “Talking Dead” as a result of the network’s decision to allow him back on the “Walking Dead” wrap-up show.

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He was reinstated following an investigation into claims of abuse.

Chris Hardwick is returning to “Talking Dead” this weekend, but one executive producer and several staffers won’t be. TheWrap reports that a female EP has chosen to depart the “Walking Dead” after-show along with a “handful” of its 25 or so staffers now that Hardwick has been reinstated following AMC’s investigation into claims of abuse made by his ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra.

Dykstra, who wasn’t involved in that investigation, wrote an essay in June in which she detailed an abusive, years-long relationship with a man whom readers quickly deduced was Hardwick. “I was expected to be [sexually] ready for him when he came home from work” whether she wanted to or not, she claimed. “Every night, I laid there for him, occasionally in tears.”

Hardwick has denied Dykstra’s accusations, writing that their relationship “was not perfect” but that “at no time did I sexually assault her.”

Neither the female executive nor the staffers leaving “Talking Dead” have shared their names as of yet. Now that Hardwick’s name has been returned to the Nerdist website, writer Donna Dickens has also left.

IndieWire has reached out to AMC for comment.

‘Talking Dead’ Loses Female Executive Producer, ‘Handful’ of Staffers After Chris Hardwick’s Return (Exclusive)

When Chris Hardwick returns to “Talking Dead” on Sunday, the AMC talk show will be down one executive producer and several other staffers who left as a result of the network’s decision to allow him back on the “Walking Dead” wrap-up show.

The 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, according to multiple individuals with knowledge of the situation. He was allowed to return after an investigation by AMC into accusations of sexual and emotional abuse.

AMC declined to comment on the departures.

Also Read: Chris Hardwick to Return to ‘Talking Dead’ as AMC Wraps Review Into Misconduct Accusation

Hardwick was temporarily removed from “Talking Dead” back in June after Chloe Dykstra, a former girlfriend of Hardwick’s, accused him of long-term emotional abuse and controlling behavior, as well as hurting her career. He denied any wrongdoing.

“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,” AMC said in a statement last month announcing that Hardwick had been reinstated.

According to one of the individuals, Hardwick gathered “Talking Dead” staffers in what was described as a “very emotional” meeting on Wednesday to apologize for the recent turmoil, and his demeanor was described as “apologetic and contrite.” The individual said Hardwick also invited crew members to one-on-one meetings to address any further concerns.

Also Read: Chris Hardwick’s Hard Times: The Silence From Those in His Orbit Is Deafening

After Dykstra’s allegations were first published in June, multiple current and former colleagues of Hardwick described him to TheWrap as a mercurial boss prone to temperamental outbursts and loud confrontations similar to those described in Dykstra’s essay.

One former employee who worked for Hardwick during his time at Nerdist said he also witnessed incidents in which Hardwick or those in his circle would make it difficult for those who crossed him to find work in the future.

After Dykstra’s essay, Hardwick was pulled from “Talking Dead,” scrubbed from Nerdist’s website and removed from multiple panels he was scheduled to moderate at San Diego Comic-Con last month. His relationship with NBC as host of “The Wall” went under review.

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However, shortly after AMC decided Hardwick should return to “Talking Dead,” NBC confirmed that it had also restored Hardwick on its programs, including “The Wall.” He also appeared as a guest judge on “America’s Got Talent” last week.

Hardwick’s name was also restored on the Nerdist website as a co-founder.

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When Chris Hardwick returns to “Talking Dead” on Sunday, the AMC talk show will be down one executive producer and several other staffers who left as a result of the network’s decision to allow him back on the “Walking Dead” wrap-up show.

The 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, according to multiple individuals with knowledge of the situation. He was allowed to return after an investigation by AMC into accusations of sexual and emotional abuse.

AMC declined to comment on the departures.

Hardwick was temporarily removed from “Talking Dead” back in June after Chloe Dykstra, a former girlfriend of Hardwick’s, accused him of long-term emotional abuse and controlling behavior, as well as hurting her career. He denied any wrongdoing.

“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,” AMC said in a statement last month announcing that Hardwick had been reinstated.

According to one of the individuals, Hardwick gathered “Talking Dead” staffers in what was described as a “very emotional” meeting on Wednesday to apologize for the recent turmoil, and his demeanor was described as “apologetic and contrite.” The individual said Hardwick also invited crew members to one-on-one meetings to address any further concerns.

After Dykstra’s allegations were first published in June, multiple current and former colleagues of Hardwick described him to TheWrap as a mercurial boss prone to temperamental outbursts and loud confrontations similar to those described in Dykstra’s essay.

One former employee who worked for Hardwick during his time at Nerdist said he also witnessed incidents in which Hardwick or those in his circle would make it difficult for those who crossed him to find work in the future.

After Dykstra’s essay, Hardwick was pulled from “Talking Dead,” scrubbed from Nerdist’s website and removed from multiple panels he was scheduled to moderate at San Diego Comic-Con last month. His relationship with NBC as host of “The Wall” went under review.

However, shortly after AMC decided Hardwick should return to “Talking Dead,” NBC confirmed that it had also restored Hardwick on its programs, including “The Wall.” He also appeared as a guest judge on “America’s Got Talent” last week.

Hardwick’s name was also restored on the Nerdist website as a co-founder.

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Chris Hardwick’s Ex-Girlfriend Chloe Dykstra Speaks Out After His ‘Talking Dead’ Reinstatement

Chris Hardwick’s ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra has spoken out after AMC reinstated Hardwick as the host of “Talking Dead” following a review of a misconduct accusation against him.

In a lengthy Twitter statement, Dykstra said that she intends to “move on with my life.”

“I originally wrote my essay so I could move on with my life, and now I intend to do so,” Dykstra tweeted on Thursday. “Thank you, again, to those who have supported me during this.”

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Hardwick was apparently accused of misconduct by Dykstra in a June Medium essay. Though Dykstra did not name the former boyfriend, whom she said pressured her into sex and ultimately derailed her career, it was pretty easy to connect the dots to the Nerdist founder.

In her essay, titled “Rose-Colored Glasses: A Confession,” the 29-year-old said that when she was in her early twenties she dated a man “almost 20 years my senior” who displayed what she called “controlling behavior.”

She also accused the man of pressuring her into sex against her will, though she wrote, “To be fair, I did go along with it out of fear of losing him.” She added that “after three years of being snapped/yelled at constantly, very rarely being shown any affection- I finally left him.”

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Hardwick was subsequently suspended by “Talking Dead” network AMC. On Wednesday, an AMC spokesman said that Hardwick would return to for the coming season.

“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,’” an AMC spokesman told TheWrap. “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.”

In her statement Thursday, Dykstra said that she “never set out to ruin the career of the person I spoke about” and that she “chose not to participate in the investigation against the person I spoke of.”

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“I have been adamant since I came forward with my essay that I never set out to ruin the career of the person I spoke about. I could have provided more details, but chose not to. I have said what I wanted to say on the matter, and I wish to move on with my life,” Dykstra wrote. “For that reason, I chose not to participate in the investigation against the person I spoke of. I do not believe in an eye for an eye, and therefore I have only shared my evidence with those who I felt should see it.”

Dykstra continued, “With the circus moving out of town, I intend to focus on the subject I originally wanted to shed light on: emotional abuse. I plan to continue this conversation and intend to work with institutions like RAINN and other support groups for survivors.”

She concluded, “I hope that the hatred, the name calling, the death threats can go away and we can return to productive discourse. My love to everyone.”

While Hardwick, who denied the accusations of abuse, has been reinstated from AMC, he lost a moderating role at July’s Comic-Con and a stand-up comedy spot at festival Humor Me, and was scrubbed from the Nerdist website following Dykstra’s essay.

AMC had no further comment beyond Wednesday’s statement on Dykstra’s latest post. TheWrap has also reached out to Hardwick’s legal representative for comment.

I originally wrote my essay so I could move on with my life, and now I intend to do so. Thank you, again, to those who have supported me during this. pic.twitter.com/sjBEKGpY7v

– Chloe Dykstra (@skydart) July 26, 2018

Tim Baysinger contributed to this report.

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Chris Hardwick’s ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra has spoken out after AMC reinstated Hardwick as the host of “Talking Dead” following a review of a misconduct accusation against him.

In a lengthy Twitter statement, Dykstra said that she intends to “move on with my life.”

“I originally wrote my essay so I could move on with my life, and now I intend to do so,” Dykstra tweeted on Thursday. “Thank you, again, to those who have supported me during this.”

Hardwick was apparently accused of misconduct by Dykstra in a June Medium essay. Though Dykstra did not name the former boyfriend, whom she said pressured her into sex and ultimately derailed her career, it was pretty easy to connect the dots to the Nerdist founder.

In her essay, titled “Rose-Colored Glasses: A Confession,” the 29-year-old said that when she was in her early twenties she dated a man “almost 20 years my senior” who displayed what she called “controlling behavior.”

She also accused the man of pressuring her into sex against her will, though she wrote, “To be fair, I did go along with it out of fear of losing him.” She added that “after three years of being snapped/yelled at constantly, very rarely being shown any affection- I finally left him.”

Hardwick was subsequently suspended by “Talking Dead” network AMC. On Wednesday, an AMC spokesman said that Hardwick would return to for the coming season.

“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,'” an AMC spokesman told TheWrap. “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.”

In her statement Thursday, Dykstra said that she “never set out to ruin the career of the person I spoke about” and that she “chose not to participate in the investigation against the person I spoke of.”

“I have been adamant since I came forward with my essay that I never set out to ruin the career of the person I spoke about. I could have provided more details, but chose not to. I have said what I wanted to say on the matter, and I wish to move on with my life,” Dykstra wrote. “For that reason, I chose not to participate in the investigation against the person I spoke of. I do not believe in an eye for an eye, and therefore I have only shared my evidence with those who I felt should see it.”

Dykstra continued, “With the circus moving out of town, I intend to focus on the subject I originally wanted to shed light on: emotional abuse. I plan to continue this conversation and intend to work with institutions like RAINN and other support groups for survivors.”

She concluded, “I hope that the hatred, the name calling, the death threats can go away and we can return to productive discourse. My love to everyone.”

While Hardwick, who denied the accusations of abuse, has been reinstated from AMC, he lost a moderating role at July’s Comic-Con and a stand-up comedy spot at festival Humor Me, and was scrubbed from the Nerdist website following Dykstra’s essay.

AMC had no further comment beyond Wednesday’s statement on Dykstra’s latest post. TheWrap has also reached out to Hardwick’s legal representative for comment.


Tim Baysinger contributed to this report.

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Sounds like Kathy Griffin won’t be tuning in when Chris Hardwick returns as host of AMC’s “The Talking Dead” — unless it’s to hate-watch.

Comedian Griffin offered a two-word reaction Wednesday, following news that Hardwick would return to the “Walking Dead” after-show, after an investigation into a misconduct accusation against Hardwick.

And no, Griffin’s two words weren’t, “That’s great!”

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“F— THIS!!!” Griffin tweeted in response to the news.

An AMC spokesperson said Wednesday that Hardwick would return as host following “a comprehensive assessment by AMC, working with Ivy Kagan Bierman of the firm Loeb & Loeb, who has considerable experience in this area.”

The statement continued, “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.”

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Hardwick’s ex-girlfriend, Chloe Dykstra, seemed to accuse the host of sexual misconduct in June in a Medium essay. Though Dykstra did not name the former boyfriend, whom she said pressured her into sex and ultimately derailed her career, it was pretty easy to connect the dots to the Nerdist founder.

In her essay, titled “Rose-Colored Glasses: A Confession,” Dykstra said that when she was in her early twenties she dated a man “almost 20 years my senior” who displayed what she called “controlling behavior” — including ordering her to remain in their hotel room while he attended parties at San Diego Comic-Con.

She also accused the man of pressuring her into sex against her will, though she wrote, “To be fair, I did go along with it out of fear of losing him.” Dykstra further accused the unnamed man of having her “blacklisted” following their breakup.

Also Read: Kathy Griffin Says She’s ‘Available’ for Chris Hardwick’s ‘Talking Dead’ Gig

Hardwick encountered considerable fallout after the essay was posted, including a suspension from AMC while the situation was sorted out.

After the publication of Dykstra’s essay, Griffin tweeted that she was “available to be the new host” of “Talking Dead,” though the loss of the potential gig didn’t seem the primary source of the comedian’s ire on Wednesday.

While Griffin’s tweet received some sympathetic responses, other reactions were less than friendly to her stance.

One commenter suggested that, if Dykstra “has evidence, she needs to come forth, now.”

“No, actually she doesn’t,” Griffin shot back. “But, go on with your rapey tendencies. I guess I’m the only one to check your ass, boy.”

“I’m not a Chris Hardwick fan or anything, but, as far as I know, he’s only been accused by one person of abuse, and he denies it,” Griffin responded. “Until there’s any other evidence, we kinda have to make it a he said/she said thing and move on. Unless you have any other information.”

“I love you Kathy but I support Chris. She changed her story multiple times and he had several exes defend him,” read another response. “I just don’t buy her version of events. Just because she’s a woman doesnt mean it’s true.”

“Why F— THIS? The one accusation has been taken seriously,” another Twitter user asked Griffin. “It seemed flimsy to begin with. Many ex girlfriends spoke in his defense. It seems like this case is being investigated properly. Do you know something we don’t?”

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Sounds like Kathy Griffin won’t be tuning in when Chris Hardwick returns as host of AMC’s “The Talking Dead” — unless it’s to hate-watch.

Comedian Griffin offered a two-word reaction Wednesday, following news that Hardwick would return to the “Walking Dead” after-show, after an investigation into a misconduct accusation against Hardwick.

And no, Griffin’s two words weren’t, “That’s great!”

“F— THIS!!!” Griffin tweeted in response to the news.

An AMC spokesperson said Wednesday that Hardwick would return as host following “a comprehensive assessment by AMC, working with Ivy Kagan Bierman of the firm Loeb & Loeb, who has considerable experience in this area.”

The statement continued, “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.”

Hardwick’s ex-girlfriend, Chloe Dykstra, seemed to accuse the host of sexual misconduct in June in a Medium essay. Though Dykstra did not name the former boyfriend, whom she said pressured her into sex and ultimately derailed her career, it was pretty easy to connect the dots to the Nerdist founder.

In her essay, titled “Rose-Colored Glasses: A Confession,” Dykstra said that when she was in her early twenties she dated a man “almost 20 years my senior” who displayed what she called “controlling behavior” — including ordering her to remain in their hotel room while he attended parties at San Diego Comic-Con.

She also accused the man of pressuring her into sex against her will, though she wrote, “To be fair, I did go along with it out of fear of losing him.” Dykstra further accused the unnamed man of having her “blacklisted” following their breakup.

Hardwick encountered considerable fallout after the essay was posted, including a suspension from AMC while the situation was sorted out.

After the publication of Dykstra’s essay, Griffin tweeted that she was “available to be the new host” of “Talking Dead,” though the loss of the potential gig didn’t seem the primary source of the comedian’s ire on Wednesday.

While Griffin’s tweet received some sympathetic responses, other reactions were less than friendly to her stance.

One commenter suggested that, if Dykstra “has evidence, she needs to come forth, now.”

“No, actually she doesn’t,” Griffin shot back. “But, go on with your rapey tendencies. I guess I’m the only one to check your ass, boy.”

“I’m not a Chris Hardwick fan or anything, but, as far as I know, he’s only been accused by one person of abuse, and he denies it,” Griffin responded. “Until there’s any other evidence, we kinda have to make it a he said/she said thing and move on. Unless you have any other information.”

“I love you Kathy but I support Chris. She changed her story multiple times and he had several exes defend him,” read another response. “I just don’t buy her version of events. Just because she’s a woman doesnt mean it’s true.”

“Why F— THIS? The one accusation has been taken seriously,” another Twitter user asked Griffin. “It seemed flimsy to begin with. Many ex girlfriends spoke in his defense. It seems like this case is being investigated properly. Do you know something we don’t?”

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Chris Hardwick to Return to ‘Talking Dead’ as AMC Wraps Review Into Misconduct Accusation

AMC has finished its investigation into “Talking Dead” host Chris Hardwick and given the suspended TV personality the green light to return.

“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,’” an AMC spokesman told TheWrap. “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.”

Hardwick will return as the host of “Talking Dead” in time for its August 12 premiere, which follows the midseason return of “Fear the Walking Dead.” His interim replacement, Yvette Nicole Brown, will remain guest host for AMC’S “Walking Dead” Season 9 preview special on August 5, and will be one of Hardwick’s guests a week later on his “Talking Dead” return.

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Hardwick was publicly accused of sexual misconduct by ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra in a June Medium essay. Though Dykstra did not name the former boyfriend, whom she said pressured her into sex and ultimately derailed her career, it was pretty easy to connect the dots to the Nerdist founder.

In her essay, titled “Rose-Colored Glasses: A Confession,” the 29-year-old said that when she was in her early twenties she dated a man “almost 20 years my senior” who displayed what she called “controlling behavior” — including ordering her to remain in their hotel room while he attended parties at San Diego Comic-Con.

Dykstra, who co-hosted the cosplay show “Just Cos” on Nerdist’s YouTube channel, said she was “quickly pressured to take an on-camera job at his company I didn’t want.”

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She also accused the man of pressuring her into sex against her will, though she wrote, “To be fair, I did go along with it out of fear of losing him.”

Dykstra wrote that “after three years of being snapped/yelled at constantly, very rarely being shown any affection- I finally left him.”

But Dykstra said that after the breakup, the man “made calls to several companies I received regular work from to get me fired by threatening to never work with them. He succeeded. I was blacklisted.”

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Hardwick, who was suspended from AMC, lost a moderating role at July’s Comic-Con and a stand-up comedy spot at festival Humor Me, and was scrubbed from the Nerdist website following Dykstra’s essay, has denied the accusations of abuse. Numerous family members and famous friends have also spoken up on his behalf.

NBC is still assessing Hardwick’s role as host of primetime game show “The Wall.”

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AMC has finished its investigation into “Talking Dead” host Chris Hardwick and given the suspended TV personality the green light to return.

“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,'” an AMC spokesman told TheWrap. “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.”

Hardwick will return as the host of “Talking Dead” in time for its August 12 premiere, which follows the midseason return of “Fear the Walking Dead.” His interim replacement, Yvette Nicole Brown, will remain guest host for AMC’S “Walking Dead” Season 9 preview special on August 5, and will be one of Hardwick’s guests a week later on his “Talking Dead” return.

Hardwick was publicly accused of sexual misconduct by ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra in a June Medium essay. Though Dykstra did not name the former boyfriend, whom she said pressured her into sex and ultimately derailed her career, it was pretty easy to connect the dots to the Nerdist founder.

In her essay, titled “Rose-Colored Glasses: A Confession,” the 29-year-old said that when she was in her early twenties she dated a man “almost 20 years my senior” who displayed what she called “controlling behavior” — including ordering her to remain in their hotel room while he attended parties at San Diego Comic-Con.

Dykstra, who co-hosted the cosplay show “Just Cos” on Nerdist’s YouTube channel, said she was “quickly pressured to take an on-camera job at his company I didn’t want.”

She also accused the man of pressuring her into sex against her will, though she wrote, “To be fair, I did go along with it out of fear of losing him.”

Dykstra wrote that “after three years of being snapped/yelled at constantly, very rarely being shown any affection- I finally left him.”

But Dykstra said that after the breakup, the man “made calls to several companies I received regular work from to get me fired by threatening to never work with them. He succeeded. I was blacklisted.”

Hardwick, who was suspended from AMC, lost a moderating role at July’s Comic-Con and a stand-up comedy spot at festival Humor Me, and was scrubbed from the Nerdist website following Dykstra’s essay, has denied the accusations of abuse. Numerous family members and famous friends have also spoken up on his behalf.

NBC is still assessing Hardwick’s role as host of primetime game show “The Wall.”

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Yvette Nicole Brown to Serve as Interim Host of ‘Talking Dead’

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Yvette Nicole Brown Replaces Chris Hardwick as ‘Walking Dead’ Comic-Con Moderator

Yvette Nicole Brown is taking over moderating responsibilities for Chris Hardwick at San Diego Comic-Con later this month, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.read more


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Chris Hardwick’s Hard Times: The Silence From Those in His Orbit Is Deafening

When Chris Hardwick was accused of controlling behavior, emotional manipulation and sexual abuse by his ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra last week, the silence from those in his orbit was deafening.

Dykstra described a man who could be controlling and manipulative as he gained more and more success as the host of AMC shows and Comic-Con panels, as well as his own multimedia empire, Nerdist. One former employee said her accusations rang true, and that Hardwick was prone to loud confrontations with employees.

“Nobody’s surprised. Everyone can think back to incidents with Chris that line up with something in that story,” the former employee said. “You don’t see anybody saying ‘That’s not the Chris Hardwick I know,’ because that is the Chris Hardwick most people know.”

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Dykstra wrote in a Medium post: “What I felt that this man wanted was a woman who would feed him, sleep with him, and go to events with him,” she wrote. She said she felt pressured to take jobs at Hardwick’s company, only associate with friends he approved of and have sex with him whenever he wanted. Because he is a recovering alcoholic, he asked her not to drink in his presence, she said.

Hardwick has denied any abuse.

Those in his professional circle could not speak to the sexual coercion Dykstra described, but agreed with other criticisms.

“She’s not writing about a complete stranger there, I could recognize him through the details,” said a producer who has worked with Hardwick in the past. “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.”

“I have no reason to think he would be violent, but everything else she says, the way she describes his behavior, sounds like things about him that I absolutely do know to be true,” said another acquaintance of Hardwick’s in the TV industry. “It absolutely rings true.”

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An actor and stand-up comic, Hardwick got his start in the 1990s as a regular presence on MTV, hosting shows like “Trashed” and “Singled Out.” Following a period of career decline and a battle with alcoholism, Hardwick bounced back by leveraging his nerd credentials on shows like G4’s “Attack of the Show” and PBS’s “Wired Science,” as well as his own rapidly growing Nerdist blog and podcast.

Throughout the 2010s, Nerdist Industries quickly blossomed into a sprawling entertainment network made up of podcasts, web shows, and, eventually, the Comedy Central late-night game show “@midnight.” The company had reached an audience in the tens of millions by the time Legendary Entertainment acquired it in 2012.

But some who worked for Hardwick at the time said he was not equipped to manage the growing company.

“He was an absentee landlord,” said the former Nerdist employee, who described Hardwick as increasingly focused on outside projects like AMC’s “Talking Dead” or other high-profile hosting gigs. “He wasn’t around except to call in to beat up on us. But he made sure our successes always got painted as his work.”

After Dykstra spoke out, Legendary said Hardwick has “had no operational involvement with Nerdist” since at least 2015.

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But when Hardwick was around, he would sometimes explode at staff when they made decisions he believed to be inconsistent with his public-facing brand, insiders said.

“He’s very professional, but he does have high standards,” the producer said. “When he’s working, things have to be right for him.” Production assistants were always pointedly instructed not to approach him on days Hardwick’s shows would tape, the producer added.

Describing Hardwick as “obsessed with celebrity,” Dykstra wrote that Hardwick would present different faces in public and in private, always cautiously guarding his public image. That account is consistent with that of his professional collaborators, who described him as exceedingly charming in public but shameless in his Hollywood glad-handing.

“If you’re in the room talking to him, you could have a great conversation, but if someone walks in with a higher Q rating, he’s going to stop talking to you, not apologize and walk over to that person,” the producer said. “It’s the Hollywood suck-up type of lifestyle, but that’s kind of just the way talk show hosts have to be … I can see a lot of people not liking him because of that, but I’m sure Tom Cruise likes him.”

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Those who found themselves on the wrong side of Hardwick and his allies said they paid the price, later struggling to find work. In her post, Dykstra suggested she was also blacklisted after her breakup with Hardwick. She left it open to interpretation whether she believed he was directly responsible.

“That seems like the kind of thing that would happen,” the producer said. “Maybe Hardwick was upset about a personal relationship and somebody took that as their marching orders.”

The former Nerdist employee said he believed Hardwick did play a role. “It was never explicit, but whenever someone said they were thinking of hiring Chloe, [Hardwick] would say, ‘Let me tell you a story.’ He used people’s emotions to get them on his side,” he said.

But now Harwick himself appears to be persona non grata.

“Following the allegations, every blue tick on Twitter pretty much dropped him like a sack of potatoes, offering their support to Chloe,” said gaming and tech journalist Ian Miles Cheong. “It’s easy to understand why — her story was harrowing, and it echoed their suspicions about yet another too-nice geek guy in Hollywood.”

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“Personally, I sympathize with Chloe and have no reason to doubt what she said,” Cheong continued. “Her experiences are sadly common in the entertainment and gaming industry, and many of the victims seldom find justice.”

A day after Dykstra’s story posted, Hardwick said he was “blindsided” by the allegations and said he had never sexually assaulted her.

“I’m devastated to read that she is now accusing me of conduct that did not occur,” he said.

But Hardwick nonetheless faced heavy consequences. Legendary and Nerdist distanced themselves from the company’s co-founder, scrubbing his name from their website. AMC yanked his upcoming talk show “Talking With Chris Hardwick,” and he has been pulled from moderating two panels at next month’s Comic-Con.

“He’s a toxic property,” Cheong said. “At least for now.”

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When Chris Hardwick was accused of controlling behavior, emotional manipulation and sexual abuse by his ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra last week, the silence from those in his orbit was deafening.

Dykstra described a man who could be controlling and manipulative as he gained more and more success as the host of AMC shows and Comic-Con panels, as well as his own multimedia empire, Nerdist. One former employee said her accusations rang true, and that Hardwick was prone to loud confrontations with employees.

“Nobody’s surprised. Everyone can think back to incidents with Chris that line up with something in that story,” the former employee said. “You don’t see anybody saying ‘That’s not the Chris Hardwick I know,’ because that is the Chris Hardwick most people know.”

Dykstra wrote in a Medium post: “What I felt that this man wanted was a woman who would feed him, sleep with him, and go to events with him,” she wrote. She said she felt pressured to take jobs at Hardwick’s company, only associate with friends he approved of and have sex with him whenever he wanted. Because he is a recovering alcoholic, he asked her not to drink in his presence, she said.

Hardwick has denied any abuse.

Those in his professional circle could not speak to the sexual coercion Dykstra described, but agreed with other criticisms.

“She’s not writing about a complete stranger there, I could recognize him through the details,” said a producer who has worked with Hardwick in the past. “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.”

“I have no reason to think he would be violent, but everything else she says, the way she describes his behavior, sounds like things about him that I absolutely do know to be true,” said another acquaintance of Hardwick’s in the TV industry. “It absolutely rings true.”

An actor and stand-up comic, Hardwick got his start in the 1990s as a regular presence on MTV, hosting shows like “Trashed” and “Singled Out.” Following a period of career decline and a battle with alcoholism, Hardwick bounced back by leveraging his nerd credentials on shows like G4’s “Attack of the Show” and PBS’s “Wired Science,” as well as his own rapidly growing Nerdist blog and podcast.

Throughout the 2010s, Nerdist Industries quickly blossomed into a sprawling entertainment network made up of podcasts, web shows, and, eventually, the Comedy Central late-night game show “@midnight.” The company had reached an audience in the tens of millions by the time Legendary Entertainment acquired it in 2012.

But some who worked for Hardwick at the time said he was not equipped to manage the growing company.

“He was an absentee landlord,” said the former Nerdist employee, who described Hardwick as increasingly focused on outside projects like AMC’s “Talking Dead” or other high-profile hosting gigs. “He wasn’t around except to call in to beat up on us. But he made sure our successes always got painted as his work.”

After Dykstra spoke out, Legendary said Hardwick has “had no operational involvement with Nerdist” since at least 2015.

But when Hardwick was around, he would sometimes explode at staff when they made decisions he believed to be inconsistent with his public-facing brand, insiders said.

“He’s very professional, but he does have high standards,” the producer said. “When he’s working, things have to be right for him.” Production assistants were always pointedly instructed not to approach him on days Hardwick’s shows would tape, the producer added.

Describing Hardwick as “obsessed with celebrity,” Dykstra wrote that Hardwick would present different faces in public and in private, always cautiously guarding his public image. That account is consistent with that of his professional collaborators, who described him as exceedingly charming in public but shameless in his Hollywood glad-handing.

“If you’re in the room talking to him, you could have a great conversation, but if someone walks in with a higher Q rating, he’s going to stop talking to you, not apologize and walk over to that person,” the producer said. “It’s the Hollywood suck-up type of lifestyle, but that’s kind of just the way talk show hosts have to be … I can see a lot of people not liking him because of that, but I’m sure Tom Cruise likes him.”

Those who found themselves on the wrong side of Hardwick and his allies said they paid the price, later struggling to find work. In her post, Dykstra suggested she was also blacklisted after her breakup with Hardwick. She left it open to interpretation whether she believed he was directly responsible.

“That seems like the kind of thing that would happen,” the producer said. “Maybe Hardwick was upset about a personal relationship and somebody took that as their marching orders.”

The former Nerdist employee said he believed Hardwick did play a role. “It was never explicit, but whenever someone said they were thinking of hiring Chloe, [Hardwick] would say, ‘Let me tell you a story.’ He used people’s emotions to get them on his side,” he said.

But now Harwick himself appears to be persona non grata.

“Following the allegations, every blue tick on Twitter pretty much dropped him like a sack of potatoes, offering their support to Chloe,” said gaming and tech journalist Ian Miles Cheong. “It’s easy to understand why — her story was harrowing, and it echoed their suspicions about yet another too-nice geek guy in Hollywood.”

“Personally, I sympathize with Chloe and have no reason to doubt what she said,” Cheong continued. “Her experiences are sadly common in the entertainment and gaming industry, and many of the victims seldom find justice.”

A day after Dykstra’s story posted, Hardwick said he was “blindsided” by the allegations and said he had never sexually assaulted her.

“I’m devastated to read that she is now accusing me of conduct that did not occur,” he said.

But Hardwick nonetheless faced heavy consequences. Legendary and Nerdist distanced themselves from the company’s co-founder, scrubbing his name from their website. AMC yanked his upcoming talk show “Talking With Chris Hardwick,” and he has been pulled from moderating two panels at next month’s Comic-Con.

“He’s a toxic property,” Cheong said. “At least for now.”

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‘Community’ Alum Yvette Nicole Brown Emerges as Fan Favorite to Replace Chris Hardwick on AMC

Self-proclaimed nerds are uniting behind Yvette Nicole Brown as the fan favorite to replace Chris Hardwick as the new “Talking” host for AMC.

While the spot isn’t officially open yet — AMC is currently taking time to “assess the situation” — the network has suspended “Talking With Chris Hardwick” and the host will not moderate panels at this year’s Comic-Con International in San Diego next month.

Hardwick also hosts a handful of after-shows, including “Talking Dead” and “Talking Preacher,” among others following popular AMC mainstays.

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Fans online have taken it upon themselves to suggest replacement hosts, should AMC decide to let Hardwick go for good. “Community” actress Brown is a front-runner, at least when it comes to our Twitter search. Other popular suggestions include Aisha Tyler, who currently hosts “Unapologetic With Aisha Tyler,” a companion talk show to new drama “Dietland.” Felicia Day, Retta and Sam Maggs have also been thrown out there by fans.

AMC’s statement came after the host was accused by former girlfriend Chloe Dykstra in a Medium post of “controlling behavior” and “sexual assault” during their romantic relationship that ended four years ago. Although she didn’t mention Hardwick by name in Thursday’s post, the timing and key details suggested that she was referring to the former “@Midnight” host and Comic-Con mainstay.

NBC, where Hardwick hosts gameshow “The Wall,” announced Saturday that it too would “assess” its ties to Hardwick.

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“These allegations about Chris Hardwick took us by surprise as we have had a positive working relationship with him,” the network said in a statement, adding, “we are continuing to assess the situation and will take appropriate action based on the outcome.”

Hardwick’s name was also scrubbed from the Nerdist website on Friday, which he co-founded in February 2012. The company was sold to Legendary Entertainment in July of that year.

“The company has removed all reference to Mr. Hardwick even as the original Founder of Nerdist pending further investigation,” a rep said, noting that his contract ended last December and he “had no operational involvement with Nerdist” for the previous two years.

Also Read: NBC to ‘Assess’ Chris Hardwick’s Future as Host of ‘The Wall’ After Abuse Accusations

Hardwick said in a statement Friday that “at no time did I sexually assault her.” He didn’t address her accusation of career retaliation.

See below for fan reactions on Twitter.

Hey @WalkingDead_AMC, replace #ChrisHardwick with @YNB on @AMCTalkingDead. NOW. RT pls. Let’s make this happen!

— Lori Perkins (@LoriPerkinsRAB) June 18, 2018

Aisha Tyler could EASILY replace Chris Hardwick as the moderator of a lot of these panels and the host of a lot of these shows.

— The Niggadly Maw (@BlckBolex) June 17, 2018

Don’t want chris hardwick at #SDCC, instead they should have @feliciaday, @YNB, @aishatyler, and @unfoRETTAble take over moderating his usual panels this year

— Tatiana (@awwcoffeenooo) June 15, 2018

Hi nerdy tv shows looking for a new host, how about Aisha Tyler?

— Faith Choyce (@faithchoyce) June 15, 2018

If I’m Aisha Tyler’s agent I’m finna come up off of Hardwick’s cancelation.

Strike before he comes back.

— M’BlockU (@rodimusprime) June 16, 2018

So, can Yvette Nicole Brown FINALLY replace Chris Hardwick in prominence as relatable host, as she been more charming, a lot less tone-deaf about women and POC, and more thoroughly and genuinely engaged as a fan for years? pic.twitter.com/H5HuadvoA8

— OctaviaButlerBooksNeedShowsandMovies (@MsGo) June 15, 2018

Talking Dead better replace Chris Hardwick with Yvette Nicole Brown

— junglejim4322 (@kaitlinpadgett2) June 15, 2018

hey @AMC_TV replace Chris Hardwick with Yvette Nicole Brown! give us nerds the queen what we deserve!

— Petty_Shabazz ???? (@a_for2day) June 15, 2018

Aisha Tyler could EASILY replace Chris Hardwick as the moderator of a lot of these panels and the host of a lot of these shows.

— The Niggadly Maw (@BlckBolex) June 17, 2018

Uhhh not that walking dead is good anymore but its time to replace chris hardwick with yvette nicole brown
She shouldve hosted in the first place lmao

— taako’s modern life (@g0romajima) June 15, 2018

IDK if #SDCC has decided upon new hosts for their #DoctorWho and #TheWalkingDead panels yet to replace #ChrisHardwick, but may I suggest @Pearlie_mack and @YNB respectively. pic.twitter.com/5QGv9oT4MX

— Geek To Me Radio (@GeekToMeRadio) June 18, 2018

If amc is gonna replace @hardwick its better be @YNB! No exceptions!!! #thetalkingdead

— Jasmine misses Norman (@bradburnjasmine) June 17, 2018

Is there a petition to get rid of Chris Hardwick on The Talking Dead and replace him with Yvette Nicole Brown? I’d like to sign, please. pic.twitter.com/BdpWkvfkrK

— Cathee with a C (@_cousinlarry_) June 16, 2018

IF they’re going to replace @hardwick on @AMCTalkingDead They should totally get @YNB to do the job.

— Forrest Day (@MOVIEidol) June 15, 2018

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Self-proclaimed nerds are uniting behind Yvette Nicole Brown as the fan favorite to replace Chris Hardwick as the new “Talking” host for AMC.

While the spot isn’t officially open yet — AMC is currently taking time to “assess the situation” — the network has suspended “Talking With Chris Hardwick” and the host will not moderate panels at this year’s Comic-Con International in San Diego next month.

Hardwick also hosts a handful of after-shows, including “Talking Dead” and “Talking Preacher,” among others following popular AMC mainstays.

Fans online have taken it upon themselves to suggest replacement hosts, should AMC decide to let Hardwick go for good. “Community” actress Brown is a front-runner, at least when it comes to our Twitter search. Other popular suggestions include Aisha Tyler, who currently hosts “Unapologetic With Aisha Tyler,” a companion talk show to new drama “Dietland.” Felicia Day, Retta and Sam Maggs have also been thrown out there by fans.

AMC’s statement came after the host was accused by former girlfriend Chloe Dykstra in a Medium post of “controlling behavior” and “sexual assault” during their romantic relationship that ended four years ago. Although she didn’t mention Hardwick by name in Thursday’s post, the timing and key details suggested that she was referring to the former “@Midnight” host and Comic-Con mainstay.

NBC, where Hardwick hosts gameshow “The Wall,” announced Saturday that it too would “assess” its ties to Hardwick.

“These allegations about Chris Hardwick took us by surprise as we have had a positive working relationship with him,” the network said in a statement, adding, “we are continuing to assess the situation and will take appropriate action based on the outcome.”

Hardwick’s name was also scrubbed from the Nerdist website on Friday, which he co-founded in February 2012. The company was sold to Legendary Entertainment in July of that year.

“The company has removed all reference to Mr. Hardwick even as the original Founder of Nerdist pending further investigation,” a rep said, noting that his contract ended last December and he “had no operational involvement with Nerdist” for the previous two years.

Hardwick said in a statement Friday that “at no time did I sexually assault her.” He didn’t address her accusation of career retaliation.

See below for fan reactions on Twitter.

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AMC Pulls ‘Talking With Chris Hardwick’ After Chloe Dykstra’s ‘Troubling Allegations’

AMC has pulled ‘Talking With Chris Hardwick” from its schedule while it assesses accusations of abusive behavior made against him Friday by his ex-girlfriend, Chloe Dykstra.

Hardwick has also withdrawn as moderator on AMC and BBC America’s planned Comic-Con 2018 panels, the network announced Saturday.

“We have had a positive working relationship with Chris Hardwick for many years. We take the troubling allegations that surfaced yesterday very seriously,” AMC said in a 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.”

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Hardwick has been a mainstay at AMC since 2011, when he began hosting the talk show “Talking Dead” after the premiere episode of “The Walking Dead” Season 2. Hardwick has also hosted “Talking Bad” after “Breaking Bad,” “Talking Saul” after “Better Call Saul,” and “Talking Preacher” after “Preacher.”

On Friday, Hardwick’s name was scrubbed from the Nerdist website. Hardwick co-founded founded Nerdist in February 2012, and the company was sold to Legendary Entertainment in July of that year.

“The company has removed all reference to Mr. Hardwick even as the original Founder of Nerdist pending further investigation,” a rep said, noting that his contract ended last December and he “had no operational involvement with Nerdist” for the previous two years.

The exodus of support for Hardwick follows Dykstra’s publication of a Medium post late Thursday that accused Hardwick of “controlling behavior” and “sexual assault” during their a romantic relationship that ended four years ago.

Also Read: Chris Hardwick Denies Chloe Dykstra’s Sexual Assault Accusation, Says He Was ‘Blindsided’

Although she didn’t mention Hardwick by name, the timing and key details suggested that she was referring to the former “@Midnight” host and Comic-Con mainstay. She also said her ex-boyfriend and an unnamed female colleague “made calls to several companies I received regular work from to get me fired by threatening to never work with them. He succeeded. I was blacklisted.”

In a carefully worded statement released late Friday, Hardwick said he is “heartbroken” and “devastated” over Dykstra’s accusations, and insisted that “at no time did I sexually assault her.”

But in addition to denying her accusation of sexual assault, Hardwick also accused Dykstra, an actress and former on-air personality on the Nerdist YouTube network that he founded, of infidelity during their relationship.

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However, he did not address Dykstra’s accusation of career retaliation in his statement.

“Talking With Chris Hardwick” was set to premiere on Sunday. This season’s lineup was to have included Donald Glover, Chris Pratt, Bill Hader, Ethan Hawke, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.

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AMC has pulled ‘Talking With Chris Hardwick” from its schedule while it assesses accusations of abusive behavior made against him Friday by his ex-girlfriend, Chloe Dykstra.

Hardwick has also withdrawn as moderator on AMC and BBC America’s planned Comic-Con 2018 panels, the network announced Saturday.

“We have had a positive working relationship with Chris Hardwick for many years. We take the troubling allegations that surfaced yesterday very seriously,” AMC said in a 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 has been a mainstay at AMC since 2011, when he began hosting the talk show “Talking Dead” after the premiere episode of “The Walking Dead” Season 2. Hardwick has also hosted “Talking Bad” after “Breaking Bad,” “Talking Saul” after “Better Call Saul,” and “Talking Preacher” after “Preacher.”

On Friday, Hardwick’s name was scrubbed from the Nerdist website. Hardwick co-founded founded Nerdist in February 2012, and the company was sold to Legendary Entertainment in July of that year.

“The company has removed all reference to Mr. Hardwick even as the original Founder of Nerdist pending further investigation,” a rep said, noting that his contract ended last December and he “had no operational involvement with Nerdist” for the previous two years.

The exodus of support for Hardwick follows Dykstra’s publication of a Medium post late Thursday that accused Hardwick of “controlling behavior” and “sexual assault” during their a romantic relationship that ended four years ago.

Although she didn’t mention Hardwick by name, the timing and key details suggested that she was referring to the former “@Midnight” host and Comic-Con mainstay. She also said her ex-boyfriend and an unnamed female colleague “made calls to several companies I received regular work from to get me fired by threatening to never work with them. He succeeded. I was blacklisted.”

In a carefully worded statement released late Friday, Hardwick said he is “heartbroken” and “devastated” over Dykstra’s accusations, and insisted that “at no time did I sexually assault her.”

But in addition to denying her accusation of sexual assault, Hardwick also accused Dykstra, an actress and former on-air personality on the Nerdist YouTube network that he founded, of infidelity during their relationship.

However, he did not address Dykstra’s accusation of career retaliation in his statement.

“Talking With Chris Hardwick” was set to premiere on Sunday. This season’s lineup was to have included Donald Glover, Chris Pratt, Bill Hader, Ethan Hawke, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.

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