A cable series has been pulled from the schedule after allegations surfaced of sexual and emotional abuse by the show’s host. AMC said over the weekend it has suspended “Talking with Chris Hardwick” while it looks into allegations against Hardwick.
CNN notes that the allegations came from actress Chloe Dykstra, Hardwick’s ex-girlfriend.
“The cable network also said Hardwick will step aside from moderating AMC and BBC America panels at Comic-Con International in San Diego next month,” CNN notes.
AMC said in a statement Saturday: “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.”
Hardwick has denied the allegations, which were detailed in a piece published Thursday by the website Medium, written by Dykstra. In the essay, “Dykstra described her almost three-year relationship with an older celebrity who she said imposed strict rules on her behavior,” CNN reports.
“Dykstra, 29, wrote that he forbid her to have male friends, to speak in public or to go out at night without him — and that she ‘let him sexually assault me’ on multiple occasions,” CNN reports, noting that Dykstra doesn’t mention Hardwick, 46, by name in the essay.
“But because of the details in her post — her boyfriend was almost 20 years older, they dated for three years, he was a recovering alcoholic — readers had no trouble figuring out she was referring to Hardwick,” CNN notes.