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Things We Saw Today: Chris Hardwick Officially Replaced as SDCC Walking Dead Moderator

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Following allegations of abuse from his ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra, Hardwick is out in favor of actress and comedian Yvette Nicole Brown.

Brown, a devoted Walking Dead fan best known for starring as Shirley Bennett on Community, will replace Hardwick as moderator on AMC’s Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead panels. These are always huge blow-out San Diego Comic Con events, with fans waiting an eternity in line for a chance at a coveted seat in the audience.

Per The Hollywood Reporter:

Hardwick was accused by actress Chloe Dykstra, his former ex-girlfriend, of sexual assault and emotional abuse in June. Since then, AMC has pulled a previously upcoming show, Talking With Chris Hardwick, from its schedule and announced Hardwick would not be moderating AMC or BBC panels at the 2018 edition of SDCC. Mentions of Hardwick have also been scrubbed from Nerdist, which Hardwick helped create and hosted a podcast.

Brown was a frequent guest host on Hardwick’s talk show The Talking Dead and was supported by fans on social media as a potential replacement for Hardwick after Dykstra’s accusations came to light. Brown, an avid Walking Dead fan known for her binders filled with notes on every episode, also hosts several after-show discussions on AMC, including Talking Preacher. She was considered the logical choice to replace Hardwick and comes with previous Comic-Con moderating experience, having hosted panels for shows including ABC’s Once Upon a Time, among others.

Brown has extensive experience in moderating, is hugely knowledgeable about the shows, and is wonderfully funny. Her presence instead of Hardwick’s can only generate positive energy. Good choices made here all-around, AMC.

(via The Hollywood Reporter, image: AMC)

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