News & Opinion | July 15, 2018 10:03 am

Yvette Nicole Brown to Take Over “Talking Dead” After Hardwick Scandal

Chris Hardwick, accused of an abusive relationship, is ousted from plum AMC gig.

Chris Hardwick, actress Yvette Nicole Brown and superfan Greg speak onstage during AMC presents "Talking Dead Live" for the premiere of "The Walking Dead" at Hollywood Forever on October 23, 2016 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for AMC)
Chris Hardwick, actress Yvette Nicole Brown and superfan Greg speak onstage during AMC presents "Talking Dead Live" for the premiere of "The Walking Dead" at Hollywood Forever on October 23, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for AMC)

Chris Hardwick’s career at AMC may be dead with little hope of reanimation after AMC moved to replace him, at least for now, with a new host of Talking Dead in the wake of accusations that he abused a former girlfriend while they were together.

Yvette Nicole Brown was named the interim host of the highly-rated talk show that follows episodes of the cable network’s zombie dramas, The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead.

The Community veteran, previously a frequent guest on Talking Dead, has already signed on to moderate the San Diego Comic-Con panels for both The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead — a role previously earmarked for Hardwick.

The move comes a month after Hardwick stepped down after accusations from ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra that he abused her during their relationship. Hardwick has denied the actress’ allegations.

“Yvette Nicole Brown will step in as an interim guest host of The Walking Dead Season 9 Preview Special on August 5 and Talking Dead when it returns following the premiere of Fear the Walking Dead on August 12, as we work to complete our assessment related to Chris Hardwick,” AMC said in a statement on Friday.