Chris Hardwick denies abuse allegations, AMC pulls talk show

Angelo Anderson
June 18, 2018

Chris Hardwick's cable talk show is on hold and he has withdrawn as moderator of AMC and BBC America's Comic-Con panels, AMC Networks said Saturday. Hardwick is the longtime host of The Walking Dead aftershow Talking Dead, which a year ago was expanded to a year-round chat series with a broader pop-culture focus.

In a statement, AMC said it had a "positive relationship" with the 46-year-old Talking Dead presenter but said it took the "troubling" claims made by his former girlfriend Chloe Dykstra seriously. But she included details about his age and work history that led some to link her allegations to Hardwick, who acknowledged Dykstra was referring to him as he denied her claims.

"We have made the decision to pull Chris Hardwick from the KAABOO Del Mar 2018 comedy lineup following detailed accusations of substantial abuse", the Southern California festival said in a statement.

He continued: "I was heartbroken to read Chloe's post".

In a statement, Hardwick said that his relationship with Dykstra was "not ideal - we were ultimately not a good match" but denied ever sexually assaulting her.

Hardwick said in his statement that he ended the relationship after learning that Dysktra had cheated on him.

"I'm devastated to read that she is now accusing me of conduct that did not occur", he said. She alluded to his identity in an online post and Hardwick essentially confirmed that she was talking about him when he responded later in the same day. "As a husband, son, and future father, I do not condone any kind of mistreatment of women". In a statement, the studio said: "Chris Hardwick had no operational involvement with Nerdist for the two years preceding the expiration of his contract in December 2017". They said that they have had "a positive working relationship" with Hardwick but take these allegations "very seriously". "He no longer has any affiliation with Legendary Digital Networks", the company said.

He was also involved in a series of television projects and hosted "Talking Dead", an AMC show in which he discussed the hit series "Walking Dead" just after it aired; and "Talking Bad", which did the same for the popular series "Breaking Bad". In light of the abuse allegations, NBC said it was "continuing to assess the situation and will take appropriate action based on the outcome". "He succeeded. I was blacklisted". "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".

Nerdist Industries, a digital entertainment company founded by Hardwick, removed his name from its website, said a spokeswoman for Legendary Entertainment, which now owns the company.

Actor Robert Kazinsky, who is dating Dykstra, backs up her allegations by saying he has seen evidence of her claims.

She did not name her alleged abuser in her essay on the website Medium but said he was nearly 20 years older than her. "I may take some time off the internet, please know your support means everything to me", she tweeted Friday.

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