In the wake of a comprehensive assessment by the network, AMC has announced they have decided to bring back host Chris Hardwick to the network.
Just over a month ago, allegations surfaced against Hardwick claiming he emotionally abused and sexually assaulted his ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra. Hardwick denied the allegations, but he was subsequently removed from his annual hosting duties at San Diego Comic-Con.
Additionally his AMC talk show “Talking with Chris Hardwick” was postponed and he was temporarily replaced on the Walking Dead aftershow “Talking Dead”. AMC has now released the following statement to THR:
“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.”
The host will return to the network on August 12th. Yvette Nicole Brown took over for Hardwick at Comic-Con last weekend and will host a previously announced ‘Talking Dead’ special. However, she will now only be a guest on the August 12th episode of the after show as opposed to hosting that as well.