U.S. network AMC have announced that Chris Hardwick will return to The Talking Dead having concluded an investigation into abuse claims against the host.
Following the conclusion of their internal investigation into claims of sexual abuse, U.S. television network AMC have announced that Chris Hardwick will return to work in August.
The investigation came in the aftermath of allegations made by Hardwick’s ex-girlfriend, Chloe Dykstra, who claimed the television host and podcaster psychologically and sexually abused the former Nerdist employee throughout periods of their relationship.
Hardwick made a statement refuting the claims but has since remained silent on the subject and stayed away from social media, where he is usually prolific.
Subsequent to the claims, all reference to Hardwick were removed from the Nerdist website which is now owned by Legendary Entertainment. Hardwick had created the pop-culture site which became home to his hugely popular ‘Nerdist podcast’. The podcast has since re-branded ‘Id10t’ and moved away from the site.
The host was also removed from panels at this year’s San Diego Comic-Com where he was expected to moderate both the Doctor Who and The Walking Dead events.
A regular across several shows on AMC, Hardwick also found himself dumped off of ‘The Talking Dead’ and had his ‘Talking with Chris Hardwick’ show pulled at the eleventh hour amidst concerns from some of the celebrities taking part in the season.
AMC have now issued a statement which breaks the news that they have concluded an internal investigation and Chris Hardwick will be returning to the network from August at which time he will be reprising hosting duties on ‘The Talking Dead’, the aftershow for ‘The Walking Dead’
Many were quick to condemn the former MTV host in the aftermath of the allegations, and whilst AMC’s decision in no way concludes this very serious matter, it does signify that the network has faith in Chris Hardwick.