Nerdist founder, and NBC’s “The Wall” and AMC’s “Talking Dead” host Chris Hardwick is facing allegations that he abused and blacklisted his ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra.
Dykstra posted a lengthy essay on Medium.com going into details of long-term sexual assault, emotional abuse and severe controlling behavior which she sustained over the course of a three-year relationship that would’ve begun when he was 39 and she was 21. While she did not name Hardwick, the article offered sufficient details that he was quickly identified.
Hardwick launched the Nerdist podcast in 2010 and built it into the digital network Nerdist Industries which was sold to Legendary Entertainment in 2012. He recently separated from Legendary and the company swiftly distanced itself from Hardwick in a statement on Friday and have removed all trace of him on the site:
“Chris Hardwick had no operational involvement with Nerdist for the two years preceding the expiration of his contract in December 2017. 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.”
Nerdist also released their own statement:
“Like you, we were shocked to read the news this morning. Nerdist prides itself on being an inclusive company made up of a positive, diverse community of people who come together to share and discuss the things we love. 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.”
Hardwick has yet to respond to the allegations. AMC and NBC did not respond to requests for comment from trade publications. Dykstra wrote that she was writing the essay to obtain closure and to offer a warning about abusive relationships.