According to The Wrap, Hardwick's return was met with an executive producer and "a handful of staffers" leaving the show when the news was announced. In June, AMC removed Hardwick from the post-Walking Dead show when allegations of abuse surfaced from Hardwick's former girlfriend Chloe Dykstra. In a post, Dykstra detailed Hardwick's alleged controlling behavior and ongoing emotional abuse throughout their relationship, in addition to his hampering her ability to get jobs. After Dykstra's accusations, some former employees of Hardwick also came forward about alleged incidents with his anger and controlling nature.
Hardwick was then removed from his Talking Dead gig pending investigation (Yvette Nicole Brown took over), scrubbed from the Nerdist website, and also replaced as the moderator on several San Diego Comic-Con panels. Hardwick denied all wrongdoing.
In July, Hardwick was reinstated by AMC after an investigation, leading to these staffers and one female executive producer leaving the show. When reinstating Hardwick, AMC stated:
“We take these matters very seriously and given the information available to us after a very careful review, including interviews with numerous individuals, we believe returning Chris to work is the appropriate step.”
The Wrap is also reporting that Hardwick assembled the Talking Dead crew upon his return and apologized for the issues surrounding him over the past month and offered to speak with anyone who might have concerns. Hardwick's name has also since been added back to the Nerdist website, a company which he founded but was acquired by Legendary Entertainment in 2012.