Chris Hardwick was back on Talking Dead last night and tearfully thanked the audience without directly addressing the allegations by his ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra. You can watch the video here.
Dykstra, who did not participate in the investigation (and hence, why Hardwick was given his job back), says that she stands by her essay.
I mean, look, this is a messy situation that, like the Aziz Ansari situation, demonstrates how complicated these sexual misconduct situations can be. Personally, I believe both Dykstra’s account and Hardwick’s other ex-girlfriends who say he was never abusive towards them because — stick with me here — relationships can be complicated and nuanced and people don’t necessarily interact with different people in the exact same ways, especially in romantic situations.
But because Dykstra did not cooperate with AMC’s investigation, I do understand why AMC, NBC, and Nerdist gave him his jobs back. That said, the way Hardwick responded to Dykstra’s post, by releasing messages between himself and Dykstra to TMZ in an attempt to discredit her (and the fact that the messages did not accomplish that), the fact that his former co-workers didn’t defend him, and the fact that a number of women quit Talking Dead because he was reinstated, all of that should give everyone pause before we just accept this narrative that he was a completely innocent victim.
In other #MeToo news
Lindsay Lohan has rethought it and is sorry for her nasty #MeToo comments in the story that is so not surprising that while I was posting the story about her original comments, I actually looked for her apology because it was just a matter of time and we all knew it.
Ruby Rose had to delete her Twitter account because people were monsters to her over her being cast as Batwoman — some accusing her of not being gay enough. People need to find some God damned chill.
Russel Simmons is now demanding that a woman who has accused him of rape pay him $35,000 because this man knows no shame.
Marilyn Manson will not face charges of rape and other offenses because the statute of limitations have expired.
No charges will be filed against Girls writer Murray Miller by the L.A. D.A.’s office because the statute of limitations have expired.
Chloë Grace Moretz, the star of Louis C.K.’s movie I Love You, Daddy, just wants it to go away forever. Can’t say I blame her, that title gives me the shivers every time.
Geoffrey Rush acted like a “pervert” according to court documents.
In other TV News
Omarosa has just been all over the teevees in the past 24 hours, sharing the tapes she made of John Kelly and Donald Trump — and it’s kinda delicious. She also said she has heard Trump say the N-word on the legendary tape; that he’s trying to start a race war and that people (Hope Hicks) were having sex in the White House; that the Trumpies tried to buy her silence; that Trump wanted to be sworn in on The Art of the Deal; and that he is in mental decline.
Meanwhile, Trump has called Omarosa a “lowlife,” “wacky,” and “vicious but not smart.” Yeah, but you’re the one who hired her, so. (Also, have none of these people in the Trump Administration ever seen, say, a reality show or know what a reality show villain looks like? You know, like the one Omarosa played on a little show called The Apprentice? Because this entire mess was ENTIRELY PREDICTABLE.)
In other political news, you didn’t need to remind Elizabeth Warren that Ballers was going to return last night, thanks.
Here are a couple of pictures from the upcoming Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on Netflix. What is even going on in that second one? Is he a matador?
Alyssa Milano is also pissed about the Charmed reboot and says she wishes she and the original cast had been involved. And it sounds like she won’t be making any cameos.
Maurice Benard has been on General Hospital for 25 years as of today! Congratulations, Sonny!
This is a pretty hilarious slideshow of actors who hated the shows they were on. Apparently, Gossip Girl was VERY hated — and they didn’t even include Taylor Momsen.
Hulu is set to lose a lot of money this year. A LOT, a lot.
- Tyra Banks has signed a first-look deal with Universal TV.
- Michael Consuelos will play the young version of Hiram Lodge — played by his father, Mark Consuelos — on Riverdale.
- Christy Carlson Romano — who voiced the animated Kim Possible — and Patton Oswalt –who voiced Professor Dementor — will both appear in the live-action Kim Possible movie on Disney.
- Chris Chalk, Ethan Herisse, Marquis Rodriguez, Caleel Harris, Freddy Miyares and Justin Cunningham have been cast in Central Park Five on Netflix.
- Chris Vance will recur in Amazon’s Bosch.
- Max Jenkins and Luke Roessler are joining the cast of Dead to Me on Netflix.
Mark Your Calendar
- RBG will air on CNN on September 3.
- Under the Sea: A Descendants Story debuts on Disney Channel on September 28.
- My Cat from Hell returns on Animal Planet on September 1. Related: I am still convinced this guy is actually just a David Cross character.
- Sunday’s Best: Celebrating 40 Years of CBS Sunday Morning will air on CBS on September 14.
Ronnie Taylor, Cinematographer
Jim “the Anvil” Neidhart, WWE wrestler
Bachelor in Paradise: And now this damn show moves to two nights a week just to make my life hell. 7 p.m., ABC
Sacred Sites: Was King Arthur real? Maybe! Sure, why not! Season premiere. 7 p.m., Smithsonian
Late Night: Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Carmelo Anthony, Chris O’Dowd, August Greene Late Night with Seth Meyers: Glenn Close, Topher Grace, Low Cut Connie The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Nicki Minaj, Guy Pearce, Mac Miller The Late Late Show with James Corden: Rob Reiner, Emily Mortimer, John David Washington Jimmy Kimmel Live: Jeff Daniels, Wolf Blitzer, Charlie Puth The Daily Show: Spike Lee
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