'Talking Dead' executive producer, staff quit following Chris Hardwick's reinstatement as host
Chris Hardwick isn’t getting a heat welcome again to paintings.
Staffers at his display “Speaking Lifeless” are quitting in protest over Hardwick’s Sunday go back — two months after an ex-girlfriend accused him of mistreating her.
A feminine govt manufacturer and a “handful” of the display’s personnel of roughly 25 have fled since AMC introduced Hardwick would resume his role as host of the “Walking Dead” after display, in keeping with a brand new record.
The “Speaking Lifeless” fallout comes days after Hardwick’s first TV appearance — on NBC’s “The us’s Were given Skill” — since actress Chloe Dykstra penned an essay in June accusing him of sexual and emotional abuse.
Hardwick is reportedly running to regain the strengthen of the rest “Speaking” staffers.
In a “very emotional” personnel assembly known as via Hardwick on Wednesday, in keeping with resources cited by The Wrap, the comic apologized for the ordeal. He additionally introduced one-on-one conferences for any workforce participants with considerations.
The cable host confronted swift backlash after Dykstra printed her essay at the weblog, Medium. Not up to 72 hours after the first-person piece hit the Web, AMC suspended ”Speaking Lifeless” — the day prior to its season debut. And Mythical Leisure scrubbed all point out of Hardwick from the Nerdist web site he based.
Hardwick additionally agreed to step clear of upcoming moderator gigs at Comedian-Con and from his more than a few roles at AMC and NBC, whilst the networks carried out inner investigations.
Dykstra alleged in her essay that she used to be prohibited from having male pals, consuming alcohol or talking when the 2 had been out in public throughout their three-year courting. She additionally alleged she “let him sexually attack [her].”
Dykstra didn’t identify Hardwick, however he successfully outted himself when he denied the allegations.
The 29-year-old actress defended her essay this week as Hardwick stepped again into the highlight.
“I 100% stand via each and every unmarried phrase of my essay. I made positive it used to be unembellished, factual, and that I had proof to again it up so as to give protection to myself in case of ACTUAL litigation (now not a community investigation, the place I’m now not secure.)” Dykstra tweeted.
AMC introduced on July 25 that it used to be reinstating Hardwick following a “cautious evaluate” of the allegations.
“We take those issues very severely and given the guidelines to be had to us … we consider returning Chris to paintings is the proper step,” the community stated in a commentary.
NBC showed per week later it will convey the 46-year-old comic again to the pass judgement on’s panel of “The us’s Were given Skill.”
Nerdist restored his identify to the web site someday ultimate week.
AMC may just now not be reached for remark.