Another day, another Hollywood personality accused of sexual harrasment. It’s sickening to think that these people ruled their sector of the entertainment industry for so long but, here we are again, this time with AMC host and Nerdist founder Chris Hardwick. Yesterday, Hardwick’s ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra released a post on Medium, detailing years of domestic abuse at the hands of her former partner, hinted to be Hardwick.
After not initially releasing a statement on the matter, AMC has finally responded, saying they will put Hardwick’s show for the time being as well as have him step down from his moderating duties at San Diego Comic Con. Check out the official statement below (via THR):
“We have had a positive working relationship with Chris Hardwick for many years. We take the troubling allegations that surfaced yesterday very seriously. While we assess the situation, Talking with Chris Hardwick will not air on AMC, and Chris has decided to step aside from moderating planned AMC and BBC America panels at Comic-Con International in San Diego next month.”
The network’s decision comes as Talking with Chris Hardwick was set to return on Sunday with guest Donald Glover.
AMC has been under pressure to pull Hardwick, a long-time host for the network, since Dykstra’s accusations first came to light. Hardwick was swiftly scrubbed of all references from the website he co-founded, Nerdist, the following day. Hardwick is still CEO of Nerdist Industries, though the company said he had no operational involvement in recent years. Legendary Entertainment acquired Nerdist in July 2012 and said it was investigating the claims.
Hardwick has responded to the allegations, saying he has done no wrong and that it was Dykstra who cheated on him and that is what ended their relationship:
“These are very serious allegations and not to be taken lightly which is why I’ve taken the day to consider how to respond. I was heartbroken to read Chloe’s post. Our three year relationship was not perfect — we were ultimately not a good match and argued — even shouted at each other — but I loved her, and did my best to uplift and support her as a partner and companion in any way and at no time did I sexually assault her.”
“When we were living together, I found out that Chloe cheated on me, and I ended the relationship. For several weeks after we broke up, she asked me to get back together with me and even told me she wanted to have kids with me, ‘build a life’ with me and told me that I was ‘the one,’ but I did not want to be with someone who was unfaithful.”
“I’m devastated to read that she is now accusing me of conduct that did not occur. I was blindsided by her post and always wanted the best for her. As a husband, a son, and future father, I do not condone any kind of mistreatment of women.”
Hardwick will not be moderating AMC’s or BBC America’s SDCC panels and their is no word yet on other panels he was set to host. Keep it locked on Talkies Network for all the latest surrounding the latest Hollywood scandal.