Nerdist.com have reinstated a mention of Chris Hardwick as creator of the pop-culture website having completed its investigation into abuse claims, but reiterated its commitment to supporting women and victims.
In a statement issued by nerdist.com last week, the nerd-culture website confirmed that an internal investigation into abuse claims levelled at former owner Chris Hardwick has concluded and that Hardwick’s name will be restored to the site as its creator.
The investigation came in the wake of claims of psychological and sexual abuse against Hardwick by Chloe Dykstra, an ex-girlfriend of the television presenter, and a former Nerdist employee.
Although Hardwick refuted the claims, an investigations were launched by Nerdist’s parent company, Legendary Entertainment’ and Hardwick’s current employers, AMC, where he hosts ‘Talking with Chris Hardwick’ and ‘The Talking Dead’.
AMC announced in July that Hardwick would return to the network in early August retaining his hosting duties on ‘The Talking Dead’.
Legendary Entertainment, took swift action when the news of the abuse claims broke by removing mention of Hardwick as the creator of nerdist.com and distanced themselves from him by iterating in a statement that his involvement with the site ended in December 2017.
Last week the site updated the statement to read:
“Following an internal investigation conducted with the assistance of outside employment counsel into Mr. Hardwick’s conduct while employed at Nerdist we have made the determination to restore the reference to Mr. Hardwick as a founder of Nerdist.”
This week a further update to that statement pledges the site’s continued support of women and victims:
“Last week, our parent company completed its investigation into the allegations against Chris Hardwick and issued a statement on our site that reinstated a mention of Hardwick as the founder of Nerdist, which is factually true. This statement is not intended to imply any change in our ongoing support of women and victims, nor does it change our business relationship with Hardwick, which concluded in 2017.”
Some are viewing the updated statements as something of a flip-flop. Firstly reinstating Hardwick to the site and then distancing themselves once more from the host and his alleged abuse.