Yvette Nicole Brown Hits Back at Critics of Her Replacement of Chris Hardwick on ‘Talking Dead’

Yvette Nicole Brown

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Yvette Nicole Brown will temporarily replace Chris Hardwick as the host of Talking Dead, and she is now responding to attacks from Hardwick’s fans by emphasizing that this is just a temporary gig.

Hardwick has hosted AMC’s The Walking Dead aftershow since its inception. But last month, his ex-girlfriend, Chloe Dykstra, accused him of abuse. AMC has not made a final decision about Hardwick’s future with the network, but while the situation is assessed, Brown will handle his hosting duties.

AMC told Deadline as much this week, saying that Brown would step in for the Season 9 preview special, which airs on August 5th. She will also host the aftershow after Fear the Walking Dead returns on August 12th.

Brown has been receiving some hateful messages on Twitter from Hardwick fans, with one user tweeting at her that she should have remained neutral and shouldn’t have taken the job. Brown responded to this tweet by writing, “You are free to believe whatever you want. But realize that you know nothing about me or this situation. And I support you 100% in never watching me on anything. If you don’t know my heart, I don’t want your support.”

In another tweet, Brown expressed frustration that so many people seemed to react to the news as if she had been named the show’s new permanent host. She tweeted, “Webster’s Dictionary defines #Interim as: a temporary or provisional arrangement; a stopgap; makeshift; in the meantime. I was expecting trolls. I wasn’t expecting illiterate ones. I am not the one for foolishness. Always remember that. I spoke on this. Nothing has changed.”

When the news about Brown replacing Hardwick came out, many of Hardwick’s supporters tweeted with the hashtag #IStandWithChrisHardwick saying that they would refuse to watch Talking Dead going forward. One user wrote to Brown, “Unbelievable, you just stabbed Chris Hardwick in the back. What a snake. How the hell do you look in the mirror?you are disgusting.”

Chris Hardwick attends the 2018 NBCUniversal Winter Press Tour at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on January 9, 2018 in Pasadena, California.

Chris Hardwick | Christopher Polk/Getty Images

Still, there was also a fair amount of positivity on Twitter, with some of Hardwick’s supporters saying that they don’t blame Brown for taking the role but wish AMC had kept him on.

Brown was a logical choice to replace Hardwick, having been a frequent guest on Talking Dead and a huge fan of The Walking Dead. It had previously been announced that Brown would replace Hardwick as the host of the Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead Comic-Con panels. When this was announced, Brown tweeted, “I will say this once. I am filling in for a friend, which I have done before. 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.”

Since the allegations against Hardwick came to light, some of his friends have come to his defense. Actress Jaime Alexander, for example, tweeted out a link to a petition calling on AMC to bring back Hardwick, and when asked why she did so, she said, “Guys- I’ve know. Chris Hardwick for over 10 years. I knew him through his breakup with said accuser. With the personal knowledge I have regarding this situation I am choosing to follow my heart, my instincts, and support my friend.”

Several of Hardwick’s ex-girlfriends have also come to his defense, saying that he was not abusive while they were together.