Following an internal investigation into allegations of sexual assault and emotional abuse from actress and ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra, Hardwick will return as host of Talking Dead when the post-show series returns Aug. 12.
Yvette Nicole Brown, who took over moderating several panels for Hardwick at Comic-Con, will still host the Aug. 5 Walking Dead season nine preview special and will be a guest on the Aug. 12 premiere of Talking Dead when Hardwick returns to the chair. A return date for Hardwick’s weekly talk show Talking With Chris Hardwick has not yet been determined as the series would not be due to return next summer. The timing comes as Fear the Walking Dead is returning for the second half of its fourth season and ahead of the October season nine debut of the flagship Walking Dead.
“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,” a AMC said 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.”