Female 'Talking Dead' Exec, Multiple Staff Quit Following Hardwick's Reinstatement

AMC formally reinstated host Chris Hardwick to his post-The Walking Dead talkshow Talking Dead following allegations that the media personality had abused his ex-girlfriend, model and actress Chloe Dykstra. Although we will note that Dykstra never named Hardwick in her op-ed piece describing the abuse, it was apparent to pretty much everyone who read it that he was who she meant. Hardwick also issued statements refuting Dykstra's claims, confirming for any in doubt that he was the ex she had referred to.

Chris Hardwick of Talking Dead
Chris Hardwick hosting "Talking Dead"
Photo courtesy of AMC

Following Dykstra's allegations, Hardwick was removed from Talking Dead, the NBC series The Wall (which he was set to host), formally removed from his moderating duties during San Diego Comic-Con, and taken off The Nerdist.com as "founder".

Each company conducted "investigations" and have since decided to reinstate Hardwick to each position, with AMC's talk series being the most recent to do so.

Female 'Talking Dead' Exec, Multiple Staff Quit Following Hardwick's Reinstatement

Following the reinstatement news, The Wrap reports that at least one high-ranking female executive producer has quit the AMC series, as well as "a handful" of additional staffers. The outlet says that according to one of the individuals, Hardwick gathered staffers in what was described as a "very emotional" meeting on Wednesday to apologize for the recent turmoil, and his demeanor was described as "apologetic and contrite". The individual said Hardwick also invited crew members to one-on-one meetings to address any further concerns.

Dykstra commented on Hardwick's reinstatement via her twitter account:

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Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool. 

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