AMC announced they would start working with Chris Hardwick after his ex-girlfriend accused him of abuse and sexual assault. In a statement released on the 25th of July, Wednesday, representatives for AMC said they would be allowing Chris to return to AMC as the host of The Talking Dead With Chris Hardwick.
The network said they had considered all of the available information, and concluded that beginning a working relationship with him once again was the appropriate decision to make.
As it was previously reported, AMC said on the 16th of June that they would no longer work with Hardwick after his ex-girlfriend, Chloe Dykstra, accused him of rape and abuse.
Chloe wrote an essay to Medium.com on the 14th of June, indicating that a man used his power to abuse and blackball her from the industry.
In the piece, Chloe never said his name explicitly, but many people inferred that it was Chris, due to the matching description of the anonymous man’s career, as well as her relationship history.
And on the 15th of June, Nerdist, the company that he created, announced they would no longer associate their brand with Chris’ name, despite the fact he created it.
#tbt in honor of E3 this week this was taken there in ‘08 or ‘09, possibly the year they only allowed industry people to go. This image perfectly captures the tone of what G4 was. I miss the shit out of it and am happy to still be friends with a ton of the amazing people who worked there. Sometimes people tell me they miss me from “the old days” when I got my start on AOTS, and I smile and nod while thinking that it’s surreal to me that I have WAY OLDER DAYS in the timestream at Mtv. At least I think I did. Maybe Singled Out was a flu induced fever dream? TL;DR I’m old. #G4 #AttackOfTheShow #WebSoup #E3
In response to the accusations, Hardwick released a statement where he said that their breakup was rough, as their relationship was as well. Their romance was characterized by a lot of shouting matches and other problems, and he broke up with her because she had cheated on him.
Hardwick’s wife, Lydia Hearst, shared a message in defense of her spouse on the 21st of June. In her post, Lydia vehemently defended her husband, as did other women who formerly dated him.
Moreover, conversations on popular entertainment podcasts flourished following the Hardwick allegations. Hosts such as Jim Norton and others spoke about the issue, claiming that the situation was unfair to Chris, and it seemed more like a bad relationship, rather than rape or abuse.