Chris Hardwick is in the news again, and the details connect to Nerdist (a website he used to be a big part of). The shortest explanation of what happened is that Nerdist has removed all references to Chris Hardwick from the website. This might sound strange, unless you know the context.
Earlier this year, Chris Hardwick announced the end of an era for the Nerdist podcast. He rebranded the podcast as ID10T with Chris Hardwick and moved it to his ID10T website. At the time, Hollywood Reporter stated that Legendary Entertainment (the parent company of Nerdist) owned the Nerdist name – but Chris Hardwick owned the Nerdist podcast and its library of episodes.
Nerdist (the website) has several podcasts, including: Bizarre States, Bruce Lee Podcast, Maltin on Movies, Nerdist Comics Panel, Nerdist News: WTF Friday, and many more. It also has videos, articles, and other stuff.
On June 14, 2018, Chloe Dykstra posted an article on Medium titled: “Rose-Colored Glasses: A Confession”. The article is about abuse she experienced from someone she had dated, and it starts with a trigger warning. The Medium article does not include the name of the person that Chloe Dykstra used to date.
Hollywood Reporter included the following in an article they wrote about Nerdist and Chris Hardwick: “In a lengthy essay posted to Medium on Thursday, Dykstra did say the perpetrator of the alleged abuse was 20 years her senior and described him as someone who went from being a “podcaster to a powerhouse CEO of his own company.” Hollywood Reporter continued: “Hardwick is 20 years older than Dykstra and CEO of Nerdist Industries. Legendary Entertainment acquired Nerdist in July 2012.”
On June 15, 2018, Nerdist released a statement in a tweet on their verified Twitter account:
— Nerdist (@nerdist) June 15, 2018
Like you, we were shocked to read the news this morning. Nerdist prides itself on being an inclusive company made up of a positive, diverse community of people who come together to share, and discuss the things we love. That type of behavior is contrary to everything we stand for and believe in, and we absolutely don’t tolerate discrimination, harassment, and other forms of abuse….
It also included a statement from Nerdist’s parent company: “Chris Hardwick had no operational involvement with Nerdist for the two years preceding the expiration of his contract in December 2017. He no longer has any affiliation with Legendary Digital Networks. The company removed all reference to Mr. Hardwick even as the original Founder of Nerdist pending further investigation.”