Chris Hardwick returning to AMC after sexual assault investigation

Chris Hardwick attends the NBCUniversal Summer Press Day 2018 at Universal Studios Backlot on May 2, 2018 in Universal City, California. Tommaso Boddi/WireImage

Chris Hardwick will resume hosting duties on AMC show Talking Dead on Aug. 12, after the mid-season premiere of Fear the Walking Dead.

In June, AMC announced that the second season of Talking with Chris Hardwick, which was set to premiere June 17, would be pulled from broadcast following allegations from his ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra.

She accused him of sexual assault and emotional abuse in a Medium essay written last month. In the essay, Dykstra detailed an abusive relationship with an unnamed man who many readers assumed was Hardwick.

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

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AMC conducted an investigation into Dykstra’s allegations against Hardwick and issued a statement on the findings.

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“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 statement read. “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.”

Yvette Nicole Brown had been tapped to fill in for Hardwick on Talking Dead during the assessment process, but she will now appear as a guest on the premiere episode instead.

It’s unclear when Hardwick’s Talking with Chris Hardwick will return.


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