At time of writing, there is no longer any mention of Chris Hardwick’s show, Taking with Chris, on AMC’s website. AMC faced pressure to end the show, or at least delay its second season, after allegations of abuse arose earlier this week from Hardwick’s ex-girlfriend, Chloe Dykstra.
Dykstra’s piece, titled “Rose-Colored Glasses: A Confession”, details her experiences with Hardwick.
I generally stopped speaking unless spoken to while with him, drifting through life like a ghost. I would try to sleep in as late as possible so my days were shorter. I stopped listening to music entirely. I ceased to be. I was an ex-person.
She talks about anorexia, sexual assault and emotional abuse she alleges she suffered at Hardwick’s hand. The piece is painful to read, and she acknowledges that even in the time of #MeToo, she feels she will probably face backlash for writing it.
Chris Hardwick, of course, denies the claims. In his response, he said:
I was heartbroken to read Chloe’s post. 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.
Hardwick has gotten married since his split with Dykstra.
With allegations came the pressure to act. AMC and various other companies moved quickly to distance themselves from Hardwick. AMC removed the show that bore his name from their site and has also pulled The Talking Dead, the after show discussion of The Walking Dead, from their schedule.
NBC is hedging their action on Hardwick, who hosts The Wall, until they have more information since shooting for the show will not begin until September. Nerdist, the company Hardwick founded and then sold to Legendary Entertainment, has removed all traces of him from their website, saying he had no relationship with the company for at least 2 years before the end of his contract. Chris Hardwick has also stepped down from hosting a panel for AMC and BBC America at San Diego Comic-Con.
Twitter is, of course, blowing up over the allegations. Between those who believe Dykstra, those who believe Hardwick and those who are trying to hold a sort of middle ground, it has turned into a nasty screaming match. Many people are pointing out that a person should be guilty until proven innocent and allegations should not cost that person their job. Some are ready to boycott AMC for removing his show from the lineup.
Many of those who support Dykstra however, point to the fact that many of Hardwick old work associates have spoken out against him, or have remained conspicuously quiet, not coming to his defense. It also seems there are those who are willing to back up at least parts of Dykstra’s claims.
1. Since Hardwick’s talking, here’s one things at happended: I produced a Nerdist web series Chloe guest starred on. He called day before the shoot furious she was going to kiss a man on screen. Tried to explain that it was a comedic kiss, not romantic; he wouldn’t hear it.
— DemiMF99 (@DemiMF99) June 16, 2018
Dykstra claims to have more proof of her allegations in her piece and those may be released in the coming days. Either way, this is not going to end quickly and as the conversation continues, people’s sentiment may change.
If you or anyone you know is affected by abuse there are ways you can help.
National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE. It’s free and confidential 24/7. You can also reach them online at online.rainn.org to talk to someone one-on-one.
@CrisisTextLine: Text HOME to 741741 for free 24/7 in the US.
Finally, the National Suicide Hotline is 1-800-273-TALK or online here.
Most importantly, reach out to your friends and family. Someone who suffers from depression may not call these numbers. Someone who is in an abusive relationship may feel isolated, like they have no one left. Reach out and be that person!
Let us know what you think of all this in the comments.