Chris Hardwick’s AMC Talk Show Has Been Pulled After Sexual Assault Allegations
AMC has suspended plans to air the second season of Talking with Chris Hardwick days after a woman accused the talk show host of sexual abuse.
In a statement, the network said, “We take the troubling allegations that surfaced yesterday very seriously. While we assess the situation, Talking With Chris Hardwick will not air on AMC, and Chris has decided to step aside from moderating planned AMC and BBC America panels at Comic-Con International in San Diego next month.”
Hardwick’s ex-girlfriend, Chloe Dykstra, published a Medium post on June 14th going into horrifying detail about an abusive relationship. She did not actually name Hardwick in her essay. However, the details provided made it clear who she was talking about.
Dykstra claims that Hardwick was emotionally abusive to the point of not allowing her to go out at night, have male friends, drink alcohol, or speak in public places. She also accuses him of sexual assault, writing:
…By this time, like I said, I was terrified to piss him off – so I did what he said.…Including let him sexually assault me. Regularly. I was expected to be ready for him when he came home from work…Every night, I laid there for him, occasionally in tears. He called it “starfishing”. He thought the whole idea was funny.
In addition, Dykstra says that after the relationship ended, Hardwick got her blacklisted in her industry.
Hardwick has denied these allegations. In a statement, he said that “at no time” did he sexually assault Dykstra. “I’m devastated to read that she is now accusing me of conduct that did not occur,” he said.
Hardwick also claimed in his statement that Dykstra cheated on him and begged for him to take her back after he ended the relationship. Dykstra had said in her Medium post that she kissed another man while in the relationship but then immediately told Hardwick and left him.
Nerdist has cut ties with its co-founder in light of these allegations, scrubbing his name from the “about” section of the website. However, Hardwick had already ended his relationship with the network prior to this; in February 2018, he rebranded the Nerdist Podcast as ID10T.
“Nerdist prides itself on being an inclusive company made up of a positive, diverse community of people who come together to share and discuss the things we love,” the company said in a statement. “That type of behavior is contrary to everything we stand for and believe in, and we absolutely don’t tolerate discrimination, harassment, and other forms of abuse.”
In addition to Talking, Hardwick is also the host of the popular Walking Dead aftershow Talking Dead. AMC has not yet released a statement about the future of that series. Some fans have suggested that frequent guest Yvette Nicole Brown should take over Hardwick’s duties, though.
Another one of Hardwick’s jobs is hosting NBC’s game show The Wall. In a statement, NBC said that it is “continuing to assess the situation and will take appropriate action based on the outcome.” Production on the show was set to begin in September.
Hardwick is the latest in a series of celebrity men who have been accused of sexual abuse. But unlike with some of these men, fans did not seem that surprised to read about the accusations against Hardwick. On the official Nerdist Reddit page, for instance, the majority of users immediately believed Dykstra, feeling like the behavior she described was consistent with what they knew about Hardwick.
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