Chris Hardwick’s name was recently restored the Nerdist website following an investigation into claims of abuse by his ex-girlfriend, Chloe Dykstra, and the change hasn’t gone unnoticed. Writer Donna Dickens announced that she would no longer be contributing to the website, and now Nerdist has addressed Hardwick’s restoration in a tweet emphasizing that he hasn’t been actively involved with the company since last year.
“Last week, our parent company completed its investigation into the allegations against Chris Hardwick and issued a statement on our site that reinstated a mention of Hardwick as the founder of Nerdist, which is factually true,” the new statement begins. “This statement is not intended to imply any change in our ongoing support of women and victims, nor does it change our business relationship with Hardwick, which concluded in 2017.”
“Our shows and stories are created by a team of people dedicated to making nerd culture and the internet a more positive, inclusive, and thoughtful place. We hope to continue to embody that mission with our content, our community, and most importantly, our actions.”
From there, the statement mentions several ways that readers can help loved ones affected by abuse and violence, including several hotlines.
An official, updated statement from Nerdist: pic.twitter.com/KyTGoxDHgV
— Nerdist (@nerdist) August 13, 2018
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