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Chris Hardwick Tears Up During 'Talking Dead' Return, EP & Other Staff Quit

Chris Hardwick Tears Up During 'Talking Dead' Return, EP & Other Staff Quit

Chris Hardwick teared up during his emotional return to Talking Dead following accusations by his ex Chloe Dykstra, who accused an unnamed ex-boyfriend of emotional and sexual abuse back in June.

The 46-year-old stand-up comedian and host opened up during AMC’s Talking Dead on Sunday night (August 12), though he did not specifically address the allegations.

“Normally I recap the show we’re about to talk about here, but instead I just wanted to take a minute to say that I am so appreciative to be standing here right now and I want to thank you, the Walking Dead community, for all of your support these last couple of months,” he said. “This show is not just a job to me, this is a vital part of my life, this has been a sanctuary these last seven years we’ve been here.”

“This has been with me through good times and bad times, and I have so much gratitude to you the fans, the producers, and the casts of these amazing shows for allowing me to be a part of this community every week,” he continued. “This is what this is, a community, and we’re on the precipice of a lot of changes on both Walking Dead shows in the coming weeks and months, and I am so looking forward to going on that journey with you. And I’ve said the following words a million times, countless times, [and] I’ve never been more thankful than I am in this moment to say to you: I am Chris Hardwick and this is Talking Dead.”

He also did not mention the exit of co-EP Jen Patton and other Talking Dead staffers who disagreed with his reinstatement, Deadline reports.

Chris has denied any wrongdoing.

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  • patrickdornoff

    serves em right they probably tried to get him in trouble too

  • Opiumbrella 13

    I’m so glad he has been restored to work. Dykstra calculated the damage precisely. She didn’t say his name so he couldn’t sue her for libel, NOTHING she accused him of was criminal, so she made sure she wouldn’t have to press charges and give him a chance to actually defend himself, it was all bad enough to make him hated, without having to have an ounce of proof. With every girl he ever dated coming forward to say that he was nothing but a living and supportive partner, and dykstra REFUSING to participate or show any so called “evidence” she had to the investigation, then trying to label it as benevolence that she didn’t want to “destroy his life”, this whole thing is obviously a sham. Not only that but dykstras current boyfriend who tweeted out her “essay she quietly posted” to all her fans, was fired from the bbc for stalking and sexually harassing a model he worked with.

    Sexual abusers need to be brought to task. That includes men and women alike. But this culture of believing a “victim” no matter what, guilty by twitter post, mob mentality is not ok. Innocent until proven guilty is a thing.

    I am a survivor of sexual violence. I also had my life turned upsidown by false allegations of sexual abuse. I fostered my cousins baby who was born addicted to drugs, am. Severely neglected. When the grandma my aunt) was denied custody (she was also on drugs) and found out I was trying to adopt, she accused so done in my close family of being a sexual predator of children. I loved that baby girl, and she was removed from my loving family even though CPS said they didn’t believe the claims that couldn’t let me adopt her.

    False accusations are not rare. They happen, and they ruin lives. The me to movement is important. But we owe it to real victims to not pervert it with the type of behaviors shown recently.