AceShowbiz - Chris Hardwick returned to "Talking Dead" on Sunday, August 12 following midseason premiere of "Fear the Walking Dead". During the episode, Hardwick, who was recently reinstated to the show after being proven innocent in sexual abuse allegations, went emotional as he wept in front of cameras.
Hardwick thanked viewers for their support during AMC's investigation into his scandal after his ex-girlfriend Chloe Dyksta excused him of sexual abuse. "You know, normally I recap the show we're about to talk about here, but instead, I really just want to take a minute and I want to say that I am so appreciative to be standing here right now," Hardwick said.
He continued, "I want to thank you, 'The Walking Dead' community, for all of your support these last couple of months. You know, this show is not just a job to me--this is a vital part of my life, you know?"
"This has been a sanctuary these last seven years we've been here," he went on saying. "This has been with me through good times and bad times, and I have so much gratitude to you the fans and the producers and the amazing cast of both of these shows for allowing me to come here and be a part of this community every week. This is what this is-- this is a community. And you know, we’re on the precipice of a lot of changes on both 'Walking Dead' shows in the coming weeks and months, and I'm so looking forward to going on that journey with you."
"I've said the following words a million times, countless times, and I have never been more thankful than I am in this very moment to say to you that I am Chris Hardwick and this is 'Talking Dead'," he concluded. During the episode, which was actually pre-recorded instead of broadcasting live, he also praised Yvette Nicole Brown, who took over his hosting duty while he was temporarily removed by the network. He dubbed her an "amazing friend," a "gift on this planet" and a "true friend."
The two later shared a hug as the studio audience applauded.
Hey dudes. Just a reminder: I 100% stand by every single word of my essay. I made sure it was unembellished, factual, and that I had evidence to back it up in order to protect myself in case of ACTUAL litigation (not a network investigation, where I’m not protected). That is all.— Chloe Dykstra (@skydart) August 10, 2018
Prior to Hardwick's return, Dykstra took to Twitter to let everyone know that "I 100% stand by every single word of my essay." She went on writing, "I made sure it was unembellished, factual, and that I had evidence to back it up in order to protect myself in case of ACTUAL litigation (not a network investigation, where I'm not protected). That is all."