Back in the middle of June of 2018 Chris Hardwick’s ex-girlfriend, Chloe Dykstra, accused him of sexual assault during their time together. The accusations rendered Hardwick jobless at AMC after the company fired him from AMC’s The Talking Dead, and a bunch of other companies removed him from hosting gigs and panel moderations at the San Diego Comic-Con. Well, AMC is now reversing its decision and have reinstated Hardwick to host The Talking Dead.
On July 25th, 2018 Vulture is reported that AMC has reneged on its decision to hold Hardwick over the pyres of public opinion, which is oftentimes fueled by the rage of Social Justice.
AMC released a statement, explaining…
“Following a comprehensive assessment by AMC, working with Ivy Kagan Bierman of the firm Loeb & Loeb, who has considerable experience in this area, Chris Hardwick will return to AMC as the host of Talking Dead and Talking with Chris Hardwick. 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.”
Hardwick was originally fired after a blog post from Dykstra made its way around the internet, fueling hate-mobs and rage-debates about how terrible a person Hardwick was.
AMC immediately responded by firing Hardwick, even before a thorough investigation had taken place.
After doing the investigation, the company decided that it had made a mistake.
During his Social Justice-rendered sabbatical, AMC had replaced Hardwick on The Talking Dead with Yvette Nicole Brown. She’ll be handing the reigns of the show back over to Hardwick starting August 12th.
This is likely one of those scenarios that actors Liam Neeson and Henry Cavill warned the general public about regarding using #MeToo as a tool of vindictiveness and spite. The reactionary elements of social media don’t help matters all that much, but it’s a sign of some semblance of sanity that a company at least decided to launch an investigation and reinstate the employee after they found out no wrongdoing had taken place. Even still, it’s troubling that AMC took a guilty-until-proven innocent approach to Hardwick’s circumstance.
(Thanks for the news tip Blaughast)