According to the report, AMC said in a statement on Friday: "Yvette Nicole Brown will step in as an interim guest host of 'The Walking Dead Season 9 Preview Special' on August 5 and 'Talking Dead' when it returns following the premiere of 'Fear the Walking Dead' on August 12, as we work to complete our assessment related to Chris Hardwick."
This is the second time Brown has stepped in for Hardwick, after it was announced earlier this month that she would be replacing him as moderator for both of the Walking Dead fan panels at this month’s San Diego Comic-Con. Fan-favorite Brown, who is the host of SYFY's Cosplay Melee, will now be moderating both the The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead panels.
Last month Chloe Dykstra, Hardwick's former girlfriend, alleged that a longtime ex-boyfriend, widely presumed to be Hardwick, had assaulted her sexually and abused her emotionally.
Hardwick has denied the accusations in a previous statement to The Hollywood Reporter, while other women close to him, including his current wife, Lydia Hearst, and three of his former girlfriends, have publicly defended his character ever since Dykstra came forward with the accusations.
As one of Hardwick’s frequent guests on AMC's Talking Dead after-show, Brown should be well prepared to steer the ship in the interim period while this matter gets investigated.
Both Walking Dead panels will take place on July 20, with stars expected to appear from both shows — including Andrew Lincoln, Melissa McBride, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Norman Reedus, Kim Dickens, and Lennie James, among others.
This year’s SDCC runs from July 19-22 at the San Diego Convention Center.