"AMC has officially dropped the interview show Talking with Chris Hardwick following allegations of sexual abuse that have been levied at host Chris Hardwick by his former girlfriend, Chloe Dykstra.
In a statement, AMC seemed to indicate that the show could return if the accusations are cleared up.
“We have had a positive working relationship with Chris Hardwick for many years,” AMC said in a statement. “We take the troubling allegations that surfaced yesterday very seriously. 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.”
In addition to Talking with Chris Hardwick, Harwick also hosts The Walking Dead's aftershow Talking Dead on AMC, as well as other spinoffs of the show such as Talking Bad and Talking Preacher.
AMC's action and statement follow the release of a statement by Nerdist, the company and website Hardwick founded, after scrubbing every mention of the founder on the site.
"Chris Hardwick had no operational involvement with Nerdist for the two years preceding the expiration of his contract in December 2017," the Nerdist statement read. "He no longer has any affiliation with Legendary Digital Networks. The company has removed all reference to Mr. Hardwick even as the original Founder of Nerdist pending further investigation."
Hardwick himself responded to Dykstra's allegations in a statement released last night.
“I was heartbroken to read Chloe’s post," he said Our three year relationship was not perfect — we were ultimately not a good match and argued — even shouted at each other — but I loved
“When we were living together, I found out that Chloe had cheated on me, and I ended the relationship. For several weeks after we broke up, she asked to get back together with me and even told me she wanted to have kids with me, ‘build a life’ with me and told me that I was ‘the one,’ but I did not want to be with someone who was unfaithful. I’m devastated to read that she is now accusing me of conduct that did not occur. l was blindsided by her post and always wanted the best for her. As a husband, a son, and future father, I do not condone any kind of mistreatment of women.”
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