Chris Hardwick to Resume Hosting on AMC, After Allegations of Abuse

Chris Hardwick is coming back to host popular AMC show Talking Dead after being accused of physical and emotional abuse.

By NathanG on July 26, 2018
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Popular talk show host Chris Hardwick is set to return hosting AMC’s Talking Dead after the mid-season premiere of Fear the Walking Dead on August 12th. Hardwick was pulled from the show, as well as his other show on AMC: Talking With Chris Hardwick, after abuse allegations against the host surfaced. These accusations came from Hardwick’s ex-girlfriend, Chloe Dykstra, in the form of a thread on Twitter personally retelling the instances of both physical and emotional abuse committed by Hardwick.

After being pulled from hosting AMC shows, Chris Hardwick had also stepped down from moderating multiple Walking Dead panels at San Diego Comic-Con last weekend while investigations were conducted by AMC. According to Entertainment Weekly, the network issued the following statement regarding the reinstatement of Hardwick on their programming: “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. 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.”

During Hardwick’s absence, frequent guest to the show Yvette Nicole Brown had taken over as interim host for Talking Dead.  Brown will still be hosting a preview special for the show on August 5th, and returning as a guest on the August 12th premiere episode. As of now, there is still no word of when Talking With Chris Hardwick will return to air, or if the premiere episodes will make it to the channel as well.

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