NBC could end up taking Chris Hardwick off The Wall. This is just the latest in the backlash against Hardwick, the multi-hyphenated entertainer and creator of Nerdist Industries. It all started of Friday, when his former girlfriend, Chloe Dykstra, alleged that she was psychologically and sexually abused by him. The article she wrote in Medium didn't mention Hardwick by name, but many immediately realized she was talking about him. Hardwick has completely denied the allegations.
Many who grew up in the Los Angeles area will recall first hearing of Hardwick when he was a DJ for KROQ-FM in the mid-1990s. His success there helped him earn the starring role in the 1999 UPN comedy Guys Like Us. He soon appeared in films like Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and The Mother of Invention. He has been successful in the television industry as well with the hit show Talking Dead. Hardwick also became the founder of Nerdist Industries.
The fallout from the allegations by his ex has been swift. Nerdist has gone out of their way to distance themselves from the former CEO. And as Deadline reported Saturday afternoon, NBC announced that they are assessing Hardwick's position as the host of The Wall after all the claims. In their statement, NBC indicated that the allegations about Hardwick took them by surprise. Even though they have a positive working relationship with him, NBC says they are still taking the allegations very seriously.
Here is the full statement that NBC has issued, at this time:
“These allegations about Chris Hardwick took us by surprise as we have had a positive working relationship with him. However, we take allegations of misconduct very seriously. Production on The Wall does not begin until September, and in the meantime we are continuing to assess the situation and will take appropriate action based on the outcome.”
In other words, there's a reasonable chance that Hardwick won't return to The Wall when it begins production in September. The future of his AMC TV show Talking with Chris Hardwick is also up in the air at the moment. AMC has yet to cancel the TV series outright, but it has been placed on hold for the time being. And even if the program does continue on, there appears to be a real possibility that Hardwick will no longer serve as its host in the future.