After stepping down from his Comic-Con moderating gigs and taking a hiatus from his Talking Dead hosting duties (all in the wake of sexual assault allegations from his ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra), Chris Hardwick is stepping back into the spotlight. NBC ran a promo Tuesday night confirming that he will sit on the judges’ panel on the Aug. 7 episode of America’s Got Talent as previously scheduled. NBC has also confirmed that The Wall is set for a fall return with Hardwick returning as host for season three. NBC ran a promo tonight announcing the news.
When the scandal broke, Hardwick began to fall into a rabbit hole of losing gigs. In regards to The Wall, NBC released a statement while the story unfolded saying: “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.”
In addition, AMC pulled his talk show Talking Dead and Yvette Nicole Brown tagged in for all of his Comic-Con panels and as interim host. Hardwick’s name was also deleted from the Nerdist website, a media empire of nerd culture which he founded. He has since been reinstated at AMC.
This all began when Dykstra penned a first-person account on website Medium of alleged sexual abuse during a three-year relationship. Dykstra never mentioned Hardwick by name, but details about the “mildly successful podcaster” who grew into “a powerhouse CEO of his own company” strongly suggested she was referring to him.