We hate to say it, but…
Yep, him too.
In the wake of horrifying accusations against Chris Hardwick, Nerdist Industries – the content company founded this television host and personality – has severed all ties with the comedian.
The breaking news comes about one day after actress Chloe Dykstra accused an ex-boyfriend (who she did not name, yet who everyone assumed to be Hardwick) of abhorrent behavior during her time dating him.
“Chris Hardwick had no operational involvement with Nerdist for the two years preceding the expiration of his contract in December 2017,” said the company via statement on Friday, adding:
“He no longer has any affiliation with Legendary Digital Networks.
“The company has removed all reference to Mr. Hardwick even as the original Founder of Nerdist pending further investigation.”
Nerdist also posted the following message on Twitter, which aims to assist those who have been a victim of abuse.
In an essay written on Medium titled “Rose-Colored Glasses: A Confession,” Chloe Dykstra, a 29-year old actress who is the daughter of an ex-baseball player, outlined an allegedly abusive relationship with an unnamed ex-boyfriend that she endured in her early ’20s.
During this romance, Dykstra claims she suffered “long-term abuse,” sexual assault and career blacklisting.
Early in this relationship, Dykstra (pictured below) alleged that there were “rules” established by her lover that she had to follow, including reserving her nights for him… not having close male friends… not drinking alcohol … and not talking in public places out of fear people were listening due to his celebrity.
She wrote in this essay that, after the two started dating, she once turned down sex because she wasn’t feeling well.
Simple and understandable, right?
Not to this man.
“He responded, ‘I just want to remind you, the reason my last relationship didn’t work out was because of the lack of sex.’ It was a veiled threat. I succumbed,” she wrote, expounding:
“Every night, I laid there for him, occasionally in tears. He called it ‘starfishing.’ He thought the whole idea was funny.”
Totally and completely disgusting.
Again, Dykstra did not name Hardwick.
However, she Liked the Tweet of an Internet user who linked to her her story with the caption, “Chris Hardwick is trash.”
In her essay, the actress also explains that she was referring to a man nearly 20 years older who went from “a podcaster to a powerhouse CEO of his own company.”
This is a picture of Hardwick with Dykstra:
“I made the choice to accept his controlling behavior, as he’d just left his long-term girlfriend and I assumed that he was going through some serious emotional discomfort,” she wrote.
“This was a huge mistake.”
Dykstra wrote about that she pondered suicide multiple times and had reached the lowest point in her life when she was looking over the 101 freeway while standing on an overpass.
After three years, she ultimately left Hardwick for someone else.
In response, she claimed this boyfriend contacted companies she worked with to get her fired by threatening to never work with them.
Moreover, she said an unnamed woman she had trusted helped destroy her friendships.
At 25 years old, Dykstra said she was blacklisted.
Chloe ended her post by saying she is now in a “much better place” and:
“This story, post, whatever this is, serves as both closure for me as I say farewell to my twenties and stumble my way into my thirties, and it serves as a warning for every single one of you, regardless of gender…
“Please, please, keep an eye out for those red flags.”
Hardwick has not yet responded to this story.
He’s the latest in a long line of celebrities to be accused of sexual harassment, assault or misconduct.
We’ve listed many of them below: