Chris Hardwick is making his way back on to the cast and crew of Talking Dead, but due to his return, several female staff members including one executive producer are quitting. Hardwick’s case was just one of many to come as a part of the cascade of allegations since late October 2017.
The Wrap was the first to report that an executive producer – as well as a handful of other employees – had decided to leave the Talking Dead after Hardwick’s reinstatement.
As it was previously reported, AMC booted Chris from his role after Chole Dykstra wrote an essay detailing his allegedly abusive behavior. In June, Dykstra penned a piece for an online magazine that stated she was in a longterm relationship with Chris where he supposedly expected her to be “ready for sex.”
While she never mentioned his name, most readers were able to figure it out that it was Chris she was referring to. Chloe said she “laid there for him, occasionally in tears,” and he used his power in the industry to effectively blackball her from future opportunities.
Some personal news: @nerdist has decided to put Hardwick's name back on their site so I've decided not to write for them anymore.
— Donna Dickens (@MildlyAmused) August 10, 2018
In his response, Hardwick denied the accusations but admitted their relationship was far from perfect. But he, at no point, sexually assaulted her.
According to Chris, his romance with her consisted of shouting matches and fights, and then one day when she cheated on him, he chose to end it for good.
Chloe – in Hardwick’s side of the story – began text messaging him following their breakup, saying she wanted to get back together. Many have condemned Chris, but others defended him, including mainstays in the standup comedy community like Jim Norton, Joe Rogan, Ari Shaffir, and Bert Kreischer.
Thus far, nobody knows the identity of the staffers or the female executive who quit, but one of Nerdist’s writers, Donna Dickens, tweeted that she had chosen to end her association with the company.