AMC announced on Wednesday it is reinstating Chris Hardwick as host of Talking Dead and Talking with Chris Hardwick, following an investigation into allegations made by a former girlfriend.
In June, actress Chloe Dykstra wrote an essay about the abuse she said she suffered during a relationship with an older man, and accused him of sexually assaulting her. Dykstra and Hardwick dated for three years, and while she did not name him, because of details and descriptions, readers determined she was writing about Hardwick. Hardwick denied the accusations, and AMC suspended Talking with Chris Hardwick and opened an investigation into his conduct.
"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," AMC said in a statement. AMC did not say when Talking with Chris Hardwick will return to the schedule. Yvette Nicole Brown replaced Hardwick as host of several panels at Comic-Con, and was named interim guest host of Talking Dead; as planned, she'll still host The Walking Dead preview special on Aug. 5.