AceShowbiz - AMC is taking back Chris Hardwick. The host has been reinstated for "The Walking Dead" after-show "Talking Dead" effective on August 12 following the midseason premiere of "Fear the Walking Dead".
The decision to get Hardwick back to the show arrives after AMC conducted an investigation into physical and emotional sexual abuse allegation by Hardwick's actress ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra against the host. "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'," an AMC spokesman says in a statement.
"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 statement continues.
While the news is exciting for Hardwick's fans, one particular person has a dramatic response to it. Kathy Griffin takes to her Twitter account to let everyone knows that she's not thrilled with the news of Hardwick being cleared of abuse claims. 'F**K THIS!!!' she writes.
FUCK THIS!!! https://t.co/updOxg7YLS— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) July 25, 2018
Hardwick was removed from hosting the show as well as moderating panels for "The Walking Dead", "Fear the Walking Dead" and "Doctor Who" at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con. His gig on "Talking Dead" was taken over by frequent guest Yvette Nicole Brown, who was previously annouced as an interim host for a "Walking Dead" season 9 preview special on August 5 and the August 12 edition after the "Fear the Walking Dead" midseason premiere.
Now that Hardwick is set to return, Brown will be a guest on the August 12 episode of "Fear" after-show. However, she will still host the August 5 preview special. It remains to be seen when "Talking with Chris Hardwick" will return or whether the episodes that were previously canceled will air.