Nerdist Founder Chris Hardwick Implicated As Ex Details Abusive Relationship

Nerdist Founder Chris Hardwick Implicated As Ex Details Abusive Relationship

One hell of a shit storm has exploded all over Nerdist founder Chris Hardwick in the wake of a post by his ex girlfriend Chloe Dykstra, which details years of psychological and sexual abuse.

In what appears to be an exercise of catharsis, former Nerdist employee Chloe Dykstra has published a lengthy, unlisted post on titled ‘Rose-Colored Glasses: A Confession’.

Within the text the actress/cosplayer/model reveals, in detail, her account of a lengthy, abusive relationship with a mildly successful podcaster who would go on to become a powerhouse CEO of his own company.

Whilst Dykstra deliberately doesn’t reveal the name of the ex-boyfriend she’s alluding to, descriptions of events strongly implicate founder Chris Hardwick.

The two dated between 2011 and 2014 before Dykstra reportedly ended the relationship. Hardwick would marry model and actress Lydia Hearst in 2016.

In her post Dykstra explains her motive for publishing details of the ordeal. She writes: I’m approaching my thirties, finding stability, and quite simply, I want this out of me.

She goes on to explain how rules were quickly established by her partner, a man some twenty years her senior. She was alienated from her friends, forced to become reclusive and expected to regularly succumb to his sexual needs.

In one of the more disturbing revelations Dykstra writes: I was expected to be ready for him when he came home from work. she goes on, Every night, I laid there for him, occasionally in tears. He called it “starfishing”. He thought the whole idea was funny.”

You can read Chloe Dykstra’s full post on, which comes with a trigger warning and details her battle with anorexia and suicidal thoughts as a result of the relationship.

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In the aftermath of her explosive confessional, Dykstra will be taking a break from social media, however, her parting tweet all but confirmed suspicions that the ex-boyfriend is Chris Hardwick.

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It reads:

“Before I take my break, I do want to address something re: the company he founded. As I understand it, the person has not been associated with that company for several years, and I hope that they will not suffer as a result of my essay. Be kind to them, they are good people.”

The actress is of course referring to Nerdist. The pop-culture outlet was started by Chris Hardwick in 2008 and acquired by Legendary Entertainment in 2012. Though, much to many fans’ surprise, it seems that Hardwick hasn’t been involved for some time.

Legendary promptly issued the following statement:

“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 has removed all reference to Mr. Hardwick even as the original Founder of Nerdist pending further investigation”

Hardwick recently rebranded his long running Nerdist interview podcast to ID10T effectively ending its affiliation with the pop-culture site.

Nerdist itself released a statement condemning the actions detailed in Chloe Dykstra’s post:

“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”.

There has been no response from Chris Hardwick at the time of writing.

Whilst the allegations are as yet unfounded, many have taken to social media to rally against Hardwick with demands that he be replaced as the host of ‘The Talking Dead’, a companion show for ‘The Walking Dead’ aired in the U.S. on AMC.

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1 Comment responses

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    June 16, 2018

    This is just it. This is how we live now. A woman makes allegations, and mob ensues. No evidence, no proof required.

    Granted: abusers get away with abuse all the time, but this can’t be how we deal with that. This can’t be who we are. And you can’t give an entire half of a human population the nuclear option and expect humans to not be humans with it. All humans lie, all humans abuse, all humans seek and respond to power. No half is more moral than the other half. No half is more or less likely to act out of avarice, anger, passion, hate, or spite than the other. No half is more abusive than the other, though we may have different means of going about it.

    But this? Trying domestic intrapersonal issues in the court of social media? This can’t be who we are. I’m out.


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