An obviously emotional Chris Hardwick returned to screens last night, reprising his role of hosting the AMC series “Talking Dead”. Hardwick was suspended from hosting the series in June after his ex-girlfriend, Chloe Dykstra, posted an essay accusing him of being emotionally and sexually abusive during their relationship.
Following an internal investigation by AMC, the network reinstated Hardwick at the end of July. It’s a decision not everyone is onboard with as one of the show’s co-executive producers and several other members of the staff left the series to protest Hardwick’s return and the way Dykstra was absent from the network’s review.
Hardwick opened the show with the following statement:
“I really just want to take a minute and I want to say that I’m so appreciative to be standing here right now, and I want to thank you, ‘The Walking Dead’ community, for all your support over these past couple months. This show is not just a job to me, this is a vital part of my life, this has been a sanctuary these last seven years we’ve been here.
Its been with me through good times and bad and I’m so grateful to the fans, producers and the amazing casts of both of these shows for allowing me to come here and be a part of this community every week. This is what this is, a community, and we’re on the precipice of a lot of changes on both ‘Walking Dead’ shows in the coming weeks and months, and I am so looking forward to going on that journey with you. And I’ve said the following words a million times, countless times, and I’ve never been more thankful than I am in this moment to say to you: I am Chris Hardwick and this is ‘Talking Dead.’
AMC has still not set a date for the return of its talk show “Talking with Chris Hardwick”. The season premiere of the series was pulled from the network’s schedule following Dykstra’s accusations.
Source: The Playlist