Following allegations of sexual and emotional abuse from ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra, Chris Hardwick will not return to moderate the Warner Bros. panel at Comic-Con International in San Diego this year.
TheWrap reports that Hardwick will not return to moderate this year’s Warner Bros/DC Comic-Con panel following Dykstra's allegations against him. The move comes after Hardwick was pulled from moderating the previously announced panels for AMC’s The Walking Dead Panel as well as the BBC’s Doctor Who panel, where he was set to introduce fans to the first female Doctor. Despite denying the allegations against him, brands -- including his former company Nerdist -- have continued to distance themselves from Hardwick.
In a post on Medium, Dykstra detailed the sexual and emotional abuse she endured throughout her three-year relationship with Hardwick. Since then, she has mostly remained silent on social media, only briefly returning to thank her fans for their love and support following her article.
Thank you all, from the bottom of my heart. pic.twitter.com/giXmp2wb9V— Chloe Dykstra (@skydart) June 20, 2018
Following Dykstra's allegations, Nerdist issued a statement to confirm Hardwick had exited the company at the end of 2017, following the end of his contract. The company also scrubbed its site free of any mention of Hardwick, after denouncing "discrimination, harassment, and other forms of abuse." Since then, AMC has pulled Talking with Chris Hardwick from its schedule, while NBC has opted to "assess" the situation before making a decision regarding Hardwick's fate on The Wall.
Warner Bros. is set to unleash the first trailer for Aquaman at this year's Comic-Con International. It's also expected that the studio will unveil a first look at Shazam! staring Zachary Levi. A new moderator for the panel has yet to be announced.