Vulture reports that Nerdist Industries has completely expunged Chris Hardwick, its co-founder and former CEO, from their website. This occurred after an essay by his ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra accusing an unnamed ex-boyfriend of domestic abuse and coerced sex went viral yesterday. Chris confirmed that Chloe was writing about him by releasing a statement denying everything to The Hollywood Reporter last night. Between this and pathetic “incels” terrorizing Star Wars actresses off of social media, it makes me wish I had played sports in high school and never taken up D&D. When did being a geek turn troubling and/or evil?
Here’s how Nerdist’s “About” page used to read:
They also released a statement on Twitter claiming that Chris Hardwick “had no operational involvement with Nerdist for the two years preceding the expiration of his contract in December 2017.”
— Nerdist (@nerdist) June 15, 2018
On Chris’ part, he denies that he sexually assaulted his ex.
Our three year relationship was not perfect — we were ultimately not a good match and argued — even shouted at each other — but I loved her, and did my best to uplift and support her as a partner and companion in any way and at no time did I sexually assault her.”
He also says that they broke up after he discovered that she cheated on him and that she basically begged him to come back to her afterward and gift her with children.
“When we were living together, I found out that Chloe cheated on me, and I ended the relationship. For several weeks after we broke up, she asked me to get back together with me and even told me she wanted to have kids with me, ‘build a life’ with me and told me that I was ‘the one,’ but I did not want to be with someone who was unfaithful.
Nerdist Industries started as The Nerdist Podcast in 2010, and eventually grew into Nerdist Industries in 2012, overseeing a whole slew of podcasts and YouTube content. Legendary Entertainment bought them and installed them as their digital division later that year. According to Wikipedia, Hardwick “relinquished operational control until the expiration of his contract in 2017.”
Hmm, how best to respond to an accusation like this? Do you just say “nope, didn’t do it” and shut your trap and hope the truth will out or do you go that extra mile and publicly speculate as to your accuser’s motives, painting her as a slut who wants to punish herself with the burden of your children? That part doesn’t really ring true. Geek money aside, who the hell wants to have children with someone who is that into The Walking Dead? That is a boring, depressing-ass show in which the zombies are the only happy, sane characters and all they do is shuffle around, grunt, and eat brains.