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NBC Assessing Abuse Claims Against Chris Hardwick, AMC Pulls Talking With Chris Hardwick

June 16, 2018 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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NBC and AMC have released statements regarding their relationships with Chris Hardwick following abuse allegations levied against him. Hardwick was the subject of an open letter by his ex-girlfriend, actress Chloe Dykstra, which had details accounts of emotional and sexual abuse during their three-year relationship.

On Saturday, NBC, who broadcasts Hardwick’s show The Wall, issued a statement regarding his status on the show. Hardwick hosts and is an executive producer on the series, which was renewed for a third season in March. The statement reads, “These allegations about Chris Hardwick took us by surprise as we have had a positive working relationship with him. However, we take allegations of misconduct very seriously. Production on The Wall does not begin until September, and in the meantime we are continuing to assess the situation and will take appropriate action based on the outcome.”

Meanwhile, AMC announced that they are suspending broadcast of the season season of Talking With Chris Hardwick, which was set to premiere on Sunday, while they “assess the situation.” The network has also announced that Hardwick will no longer moderate the planned AMC and BBC America panels at San Diego Comic-Con in July, which would have included the Doctor Who panel. No decision was mentioned regarding Hardwick’s post-Walking Dead discussion series Talking Dead.

AMC’s full statement reads:

“We have had a positive working relationship with Chris Hardwick for many years. We take the troubling allegations that surfaced yesterday very seriously. 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.”

Hardwick has denied the claims.