Chris Hardwick cancelled for Comic-Con, KAABOO amid abuse allegations

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Podcaster and television host Chris Hardwick has been pulled from his appearances at San Diego Comic-Con and KAABOO Del Mar after abuse allegations from his former girlfriend.

Hardwick’s former girlfriend, Chloe Dykstra detailed accusations of emotional abuse and sexual assault against an unidentified former boyfriend in an online post Thursday.

The details in the post led many to identify Hardwick as the unnamed former boyfriend.

KAABOO Del Mar has chosen to distance itself from Hardwick following the allegations.  KAABOO pulled Hardwick from their 2018 comedy lineup, they said in a statement released Friday:

 “We have made the decision to pull Chris Hardwick from the KAABOO Del Mar 2018 comedy lineup following detailed accusations of substantial abuse. KAABOO is an experience dedicated to providing a safe community and fostering an inclusive environment for all of our guests, performing artists and comedians, chefs, visual artists and team members. KAABOO does not condone, and will not tolerate, any type of abusive behavior or harassment.”

Hardwick has also been removed from moderating AMC and BBC America panels at San Diego Comic-Con in July. AMC said the following in a statement:

“We have had a positive working relationship with Chris Hardwick for many years. We take the troubling allegations that surfaced yesterday very seriously. While we assess the situation, ‘Talking with Chris Hardwick’ will not air on AMC, and Chris has decided to step aside from moderating planned AMC and BBC America panels at Comic-Con International in San Diego next month.”

AMC Networks said “Talking with Chris Hardwick” won’t air on AMC while it assesses the situation.

Hardwick denied the allegations made against him in a statement released Friday:

“These are very serious allegations and not to be taken lightly which is why I’ve taken the day to consider how to respond. I was heartbroken to read Chloe’s post. Our three year relationship was not perfect—we were ultimately not a good match and argued—even shouted at each other—but I loved her, and did my best to uplift and support her as a partner and companion in any way and at no time did I sexually assault her.”

“When we were living together, I found out that Chloe had cheated on me, and I ended the relationship,” Hardwick continued. “For several weeks after we broke up, she asked to get back together with me and even told me she wanted to have kids with me, ‘build a life’ with me and told me that I was ‘the one,’ but I did not want to be with someone who was unfaithful.”

“I’m devastated to read that she is now accusing me of conduct that did not occur. l was blindsided by her post and always wanted the best for her. As a husband, a son, and future father, I do not condone any kind of mistreatment of women.”

Hardwick has been a regular mainstay at Comic-Con in recent years, moderating several panels and appearances.

He also hosted the show “Talking Dead,” which airs directly after the popular comic-based TV show “The Walking Dead” on AMC.


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