Earlier today, the news first broke that AMC will shelve episodes of Talking with Chris Hardwick in order to assess the accusations of sexual assault levied against him by former girlfriend Chloe Dykstra. Not only that, but Hardwick will be removed as moderator from many of the network’s Comic-Con panels.
Hardwick is a host with a reach across multiple networks, and today NBC chose to make their own plans clear in regards to his future on The Wall. The game show has already been renewed for more episodes, but whether or not he is there to host them will depend on what happens in the weeks to come. Here is what the network had to say in a statement:
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.
While Hardwick is listed as an executive producer on The Wall alongside LeBron James, Maverick Carter, and Andrew Glassman, we imagine that there may be a way (even via payout) to remove him from that position if NBC chooses to do so. Given that The Wall is still fairly early on in its run, there may be a way in which for the network to continue the show with a new host if they choose.
In addition to hosting The Wall, Hardwick has also taken on the responsibilities hosting the Red Nose Day special over the past couple of years. Given that the next one of those specials will not happen until 2019, there is no real need for NBC to address its future at this time.
We will, of course, let you know once there are some further updates regarding this subject. for now, be sure to like CarterMatt on Facebook for some additional news the moment that it starts to come out. (Photo: NBC.)