A tv present on AMC hosted by the comic Chris Hardwick won’t air as scheduled, the community stated on Saturday, following allegations from an ex-girlfriend, Chloe Dykstra, that he had emotionally and sexually abused her.
In an essay posted on Medium on Thursday, Ms. Dykstra, an actress and mannequin, stated she had been in a three-year relationship with a person who repeatedly sexually assaulted her and enforced restrictive guidelines. She didn’t title Mr. Hardwick particularly. In a press release on Saturday he stated, “I’m devastated to read that she is now accusing me of conduct that did not occur.”
AMC stated in a press release that Mr. Hardwick’s present, “Talking With Chris Hardwick,” wouldn’t go on the air. The second season of the present had been scheduled to debut on Sunday.
“We have had a positive working relationship with Chris Hardwick for many years,” the community stated. “We take the troubling allegations that surfaced yesterday very seriously. While we assess the situation, ‘Talking With Chris Hardwick’ will not air on AMC.”
It didn’t elaborate on what sort of evaluation was underway.
In her essay, Ms. Dykstra described “long-lasting trauma, physical and emotional,” including that her ex-boyfriend created a algorithm for her that prohibited sure actions, like ingesting alcohol and spending an excessive amount of time with mates.
She stated she typically felt obligated to have intercourse when she didn’t need to. “I was expected to be ready for him when he came home from work,” she stated.
When they broke up shortly after she kissed one other man, Ms. Dykstra stated, “he made calls to several companies I received regular work from to get me fired by threatening to never work with them.”
“He succeeded,” she wrote. “I was blacklisted.”
In a press release on Saturday, Mr. Hardwick denied the allegations.
“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,” the assertion stated.
“When we were living together, I found out that Chloe had cheated on me, and I ended the relationship,” the assertion added. “For several weeks after we broke up, she asked 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.”
The assertion from AMC stated that Mr. Hardwick had determined to step down from moderating panels at Comic-Con International in San Diego subsequent month.
Kaaboo, a music and comedy pageant in September in Del Mar, Calif., at which Mr. Hardwick had been scheduled to carry out, stated in a statement on Friday that it “does not condone, and will not tolerate, any type of abusive behavior or harassment,” and that it had determined to tug him from the lineup.
Nerdist Industries, a digital leisure firm based by Mr. Hardwick, eliminated his title from its web site, stated a spokeswoman for Legendary Entertainment, which now owns the corporate. She added that Mr. Hardwick “had no operational involvement with Nerdist for the two years preceding the expiration of his contract in December 2017.”
Mr. Hardwick is a humorist, podcast pioneer and digital media entrepreneur who constructed an empire around nerd culture.
He was additionally concerned in a sequence of tv tasks and hosted “Talking Dead,” an AMC present through which he mentioned the hit sequence “Walking Dead” simply after it aired; and “Talking Bad,” which did the identical for the favored sequence “Breaking Bad.” On the primary season of “Talking With Chris Hardwick,” he performed interviews with film and tv stars.
Mr. Hardwick additionally hosted “The Wall,” an NBC sport present whose manufacturing was scheduled to renew in September. In gentle of the abuse allegations, NBC stated it was “continuing to assess the situation and will take appropriate action based on the outcome.”
Prominent men across a wide range of industries have confronted accusations of abuse in current months, and many ladies have used the hashtag #MeToo on social media to share their experiences of sexual harassment, assault and rape.
“I’m not alone,” Ms. Dykstra wrote of her personal expertise. “This type of relationship is so widespread, and really easy to slide into. Normalizing habits occurs extremely rapidly, and one can lose observe of what’s acceptable therapy.”