After abuse allegations by actress Chloe Dykstra against her former boyfriend, talk show host Chris Hardwick, AMC has responded by putting its professional relationship with Hardwick on hold.
Hardwick hosts The Walking Dead aftershow for the network, which analyzes episodes and interviews stars from AMC's zombie dramas The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead -- and was popular enough to spawn several similarly formatted imitators. AMC recently pushed the show to a year-round and more loosely focused format.
AMC, in a statement, noted that while the company has had “a positive working relationship” with Hardwick for years (Fish Ladder, Hardwick’s production company, signed a first-look deal at AMC Studios last year), they take the allegations “very seriously.”
That means that while the situation is being investigated, they’re taking matters into their own hands. “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,” wrote AMC.
Hardwick is a well-known moderator and interviewer whose TV hosting duties have often been echoed at live events or on podcasts. AMC's decision to remove his show from its schedule and him from their panels seems to be a temporary measure, with more decisive action coming at a later date. Hardwick released his own statement denying the allegations.