AMC has pulled Chris Hardwick's talk show, Talking With Chris Hardwick, in the wake of abuse allegations, and the network may soon be looking for someone to place him as the host of shows like Talking Dead and Talking Preacher. The move comes in the wake of Hardwick's former girlfriend, Chloe Dykstra, publishing a letter that detailed alleged ongoing emotional abuse, controlling behavior and sexual coercion while the two were together, and also alleged that Hardwick used his influence to get her blacklisted by other companies after they broke up.
Hardwick's partnership with AMC was extensive; in addition to the various shows that he hosted, he was also set to moderate several panels for AMC and BBC American at San Diego Comic-Con this year. Although AMC has said that the decision not to air Hardwick's show is a measure being taken "while we assess the situation," it seems likely that the temporary suspension will turn into a permanent one. If that happens, then AMC will need a new host for its various post-episode talk shows - and we have a few suggestions for potential replacements.
Yvette Nicole Brown
By far the most popular choice to replace Hardwick is Yvette Nicole Brown, who has already made about a dozen guest appearances on Talking Dead, with her trusty notebook in hand. Brown is best-known for her role in the comedy series Community, but her status as a Walking Dead super-fan means that she's always a fun presence on Talking Dead. Given her enthusiasm for the franchise, Brown could definitely be a good choice for a permanent host.
Like Brown, Aisha Tyler is a celebrity Walking Dead superfan who has made numerous appearances on episodes of Talking Dead. She has plenty of experience as a host - both with events like Ubisoft's E3 press conferences, and on TV shows like The Talk and Whose Line Is It Anyway? - and could fit comfortably into the groove of post-episode discussions and interviews for AMC's biggest shows.
Sam Maggs is perhaps best known for her writing - including BioWare's recently announced game Anthem and the books The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy, Wonder Women, and the upcoming Girl Squads. However, she's also done plenty of work on-camera, including serving as the face of Canadian movie theater chain Cineplex, and has been moderating live panels at conventions for years. Having recently parted ways with BioWare and moved to Los Angeles, Maggs has said that she's looking for more on-camera hosting roles - so this could be a great opportunity for AMC to acquire a rising star and an already familiar figure in geek circles.
Former Cast Members
The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead both have a long list of former actors, thanks to the shows' tendency to kill off several major characters in any given season. Talking Dead doesn't necessarily need to have the same host for every episode, and bringing back familiar faces to interview the current stars could be a great way to get more people tuning in for Talking Dead after the main shows. After all, many of the characters who have been killed off are still favorites among fans.
Who would you like to see take over hosting duties for Talking Dead, Talking Preacher, and AMC's other post-episode talk shows? Let us know in the comments.