If I had to guess what the past 72 hours have been like for Chris Hardwick, I’d probably picture Chris channeling his inner Comic Book Guy and screaming “Worst weekend EVER!” every time he saw his name on an internet story. On Friday, an essay written for Medium by Chloe Dykstra about a controlling and abusive ex picked up some serious internet traction, and it was obvious the piece was about her ex Chris Hardwick.
It didn’t take long before Chris’ former company Nerdist announced they’ve had nothing to do with him since 2017 and erased him from their masthead. Chris issued a statement denying he was ever such an asshole (while also getting in a few petty digs at Chloe for cheating). Still, more of Chris’ business relations are treating him like a busted dalek and pushing him into the trash.
Since 2011, Chris Hardwick has hosted a variety of after-shows for AMC, like The Walking Dead’s after-show Talking Dead, or Breaking Bad’s Talking Bad. In 2017, AMC gave Chris his own talk show called Talking with Chris Hardwick. The second season of TWCH was set to premiere on Sunday night, featuring Chris talking with Donald Glover. That didn’t happen, because on Saturday AMC announced that no one will be talking with Chris Hardwick for the foreseeable future. Via Entertainment Weekly:
“We have had a positive working relationship with Chris Hardwick for many years. We take the troubling allegations that surfaced yesterday very seriously. While we assess the situation, Talking with Chris Hardwick will not air on AMC.”
Chris was also scheduled to moderate a Doctor Who panel for BBC America and an AMC panel for The Walking Dead at San Diego Comic-Con next month. AMC announced that Chris has decided to “step aside” from those events.
Over on NBC, Chris hosts The Wall, that giant knock-off Plinko game that somehow hasn’t yet been sued to hell and back by The Price is Right. The next season of The Wall doesn’t begin production until September, but on Saturday NBC released a statement saying that they’re currently deciding if that will happen.
“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.”
Chris Hardwick has also been yanked from the lineup of the music and comedy Kaaboo Festival in Del Mar, CA. Kaaboo doesn’t happen until September, but event organizers clearly didn’t want to wait to see how this all plays out.
If Chloe Dykstra was telling the whole truth and nothing but the truth in her essay, and Chris really is the type of giant prick who needs revenge, then I can only see this going one way. A spurned Chris is definitely going to lock himself away, emerging only at night to curse his enemies who blacklisted him from nerd society. Possibly all while wearing a cape and going by the name The Ghosted Host. Essentially, Chris Hardwick is going to turn into a comic book villain. Hey, he’s even got access to a castle, and that’s basically the first step to evilhood.