'Talking Dead' Staffers Protest Chris Hardwick's Return To AMC By Quitting

Chris Hardwick

Chris Hardwick

Hardwick has also hosted several TV shows, including Talking Dead, AMC's official aftershow for The Walking Dead. Over on Talking Dead, rhe Wrap reports that 25 staffers have chose to leave the show due to AMC's decision to let Hardwick return; one of the staffers is a woman who served as an executive producer.

The walkout apparently came after Hardwick gathered the Talking Dead staffers in what The Wrap describes as a "very emotional" meeting.

The cable host faced swift backlash after Dykstra published her essay on the blog, Medium.

Hardwick resumes his Talking Dead duties beginning with the August 12th episode set to air after the Mid-Season Four premiere of Fear the Walking Dead and continue through Season Nine of The Walking Dead, which begins on October 7th.

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Dykstra, who wasn't involved in that investigation, wrote an essay in June in which she detailed an abusive, years-long relationship with a man whom readers quickly deduced was Hardwick. She also alleged she "let him sexually assault [her]". Hardwick denied all wrongdoing. Thor actress Jamie Alexander even defended Hardwick by promoting a petition for his reinstatement. "I made sure it was unembellished, factual, and that I had evidence to back it up in order to protect myself in case of ACTUAL litigation (not a network investigation, where I'm not protected.)" Dykstra tweeted.

In July, Hardwick was reinstated by AMC after an investigation, leading to these staffers and one female executive producer leaving the show. "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". Days later, the outlet reported Hardwick would also be returning to host NBC's The Wall, and would appear as a guest judge on America's Got Talent.

Nerdist restored his name to the website sometime last week.

IndieWire has reached out to AMC for comment.

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