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A Handful Of “Talking Dead” Staffers Have Quit Ahead Of Chris Hardwick’s Return

The Walking Dead aftershow even lost a woman executive producer in advance of the host’s return after being investigated by AMC Networks over abuse allegations by his ex-girlfriend.

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A handful of staffers, including a woman executive producer, have quit AMC’s Talking Dead in advance of host Chris Hardwick’s return to the show.

A source with knowledge of the situation confirmed the departures Friday, which were first reported by the Wrap. BuzzFeed News has also reached out to the former executive producer.
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A source with knowledge of the situation confirmed the departures Friday, which were first reported by the Wrap. BuzzFeed News has also reached out to the former executive producer.

Hardwick initially was suspended from the show, as well as from hosting NBC’s The Wall, after his ex-girlfriend, actor Chloe Dykstra, accused him — without using his name — of emotional and sexual abuse in an online essay.

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However, AMC reinstated him last month after conducting an internal investigation, and NBC followed suit.

The network said that after reviewing the investigation’s findings, they had determined that Hardwick returning to work “is the appropriate step.”

“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,” AMC said in a statement to BuzzFeed News.

But Dykstra tweeted Friday that she stands by “every single word” of her initial essay posted on Medium.

Hey dudes. Just a reminder: I 100% stand by every single word of my essay. I made sure it was unembellished, factual, and that I had evidence to back it up in order to protect myself in case of ACTUAL litigation (not a network investigation, where I’m not protected). That is all.

Chloe Dykstra / Via Twitter: @skydart

The Wrap also reported Friday that Hardwick had an emotional meeting this week with the Talking Dead staff and made himself available for one-on-one meetings.

Hardwick’s name was also restored to the Nerdist website after he was cleared by AMC, causing some the site’s writers to also quit in protest.

Some personal news: @nerdist has decided to put Hardwick's name back on their site so I've decided not to write for them anymore.

Donna Dickens / Via Twitter: @MildlyAmused

Talking Dead is set to air Hardwick’s return Sunday night at 11:05 p.m. ET.

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