Chris Hardwick Returning To Host ‘Talking Dead’ Following Sexual Assault Allegations

Chris Hardwick is returning to host AMC’s “Talking Dead”, following allegations of sexual assault from his ex-girlfriend, Chloe Dykstra.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the network has given the 46-year-old TV personality the green light to reprise his hosting duties on the after-show as of August 12, following the mid-season premiere of “Fear The Walking Dead”.

Related: Chloe Dykstra Is ‘Ready To Move Forward’ In Life Following Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Chris Hardwick

Hardwick was suspended from his role in mid-June after Dykstra penned an essay online, which accused the producer of emotional and sexual abuse.

In a statement, AMC said, “Following a comprehensive assessment by AMC, working with Ivy Kagan Bierman of the firm Loeb & Loeb, who has considerable experience in this area, Chris Hardwick will return to AMC as the host of ‘Talking Dead’ and ‘Talking with Chris Hardwick’.”

Related: Chris Hardwick’s Wife Lydia Hearst Breaks Silence Regarding Abuse Allegations

The statement adds, “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.”

The network’s decision to bring Hardwick back comes after a petition was created, asking for the former “Nerdist” host to be reinstated. One celebrity to speak out in support of the petition was “Thor” actress Jaimie Alexander.

Related: Yvette Nicole Brown Says She’s Not ‘Jockeying’ For Chris Hardwick’s Job On AMC’s ‘Talking Dead’

With Hardwick’s absence at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con “The Walking Dead” panel last week, actress Yvette Nicole Brown stepped in for the host. However, she made it clear in a Twitter post that she was not “jockeying” for his job.

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