Chris Hardwick’s show on AMC has been pulled from the network while they investigate harsh and disturbing accusations his ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra has made about him regarding abuse.
In an essay published on Friday by Medium, Dykstra accuses an unnamed suitor of verbal and sexual abuse. Even though Hardwick isn’t named in the essay, the timeline of when they dated and her claims fall into place.
Hardwick released a statement late Friday saying:
“I was heartbroken to read Chloe’s post,” Hardwick wrote. “Our three year relationship was not perfect–we were ultimately not a good match and argued–even shouted at each other–but I loved her, and did my best to uplift and support her as a partner and companion in any way and at no time did I sexually assault her.”
Hardwick is probably the most famous television pop culture host. He has been the face of AMC’s “Walking Dead” after-show called “Talking Dead” and is a popular guest at genre conventions around the world.
AMC released a statement saying they are pulling the 46-year-old from its lineup.
“We have had a positive working relationship with Chris Hardwick for many years. We take the troubling allegations that surfaced yesterday very seriously,” AMC said in a statement.
“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.”
The damage goes beyond AMC as well. The Nerdist has also removed his name and all mentions of him from their website.
A rep for The Nerdist says, “The company has removed all reference to Mr. Hardwick even as the original Founder of Nerdist pending further investigation.” The also say Hardwick’s contract ended in December and he has “had no operational involvement with Nerdist” for two years.
While “Walking Dead” is now on hiatus, Hardwick’s “Talking With Chris Hardwick” was scheduled to premiere this Sunday with guests this season to include, Donald Glover, Chris Pratt, Bill Hader, Ethan Hawke, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.
H/T Yahoo News