Lea Michele, left, and Chris Hardwick will present a performance by Nick Jonas at the American Music Awards in the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Another celebrity brought down by the judgments of the emotional and sexual abuse.
Chris Hardwick, the strip, nerd-culture enthusiast and host of ” Talking Dead,” the chat show that followed episodes of “The Walking Dead” this week itself on the receiving end of stinging accusations of an ex-girlfriend. Now, AMC, the cable network behind the zombie franchise and Hardwick’s companion show, has pulled the plug on the last program, and the promotional appearances next month in San Diego Comic-Con, according to a report on Deadline.com
“We have a positive relationship with Chris Hardwick for many years,” AMC said in a statement on Saturday, according to Deadline. “We take the disturbing allegations that surfaced yesterday very seriously. While we assess the situation, ” in conversation with Chris Hardwick no air on AMC, and Chris has decided to step aside from moderating the planned AMC and BBC America panels at Comic-Con International in San Diego next month.”
On the heels of the accusations Friday by Chloe Dykstra, Hardwick’s ex, the host issued a statement in which he strongly denied her claims.
“These are very serious accusations and not to be taken lightly that is the reason why I’ve taken the day to consider how to respond,” he said in a statement Friday night, according to the website. “I was devastated to read Chloe’s post. Our three year relationship was not perfect—we were ultimately not a good match, and even set up the operation together—but I loved her, and did my best to elevate and support of her partner and companion, in no way and at no time did I sexually assault her.”
“If we lived together, I found out that Chloe had cheated on me, and I ended the relationship,” Hardwick continued. “For a number of weeks after we broke up, she asked to get back together with me and even told me she wanted to have children with me, ‘build a life’ with me and told me that I was ‘it’, but I had no desire to be with someone who was unfaithful,” he added.
“I am devastated to read that she is now accusing me of conduct that does not occur. I was surprised by her post and always wanted the best for her. As a husband, a son, and, father, I do not take any form of abuse of women.”
Hardwick is also the founder of Nerdist Industries, a geek-culture network of podcasts, YouTube content and much more. In the aftermath of the claims of abuse, multiple writers for Nerdist Industries denounced him or said that they would not write for Nerdist.com says the website of The Verge.