Chris Hardwick returns to work at NBC, will guest judge ‘America’s Got Talent’ as planned

Chris Hardwick will return to work at NBC, the network announced on Tuesday.

The host will appear on next week’s episode of “America’s Got Talent” as scheduled, and will return to host the third season of “The Wall” when the game show resumes production in the fall.

The decision came more than a month after the network said it would “assess” Hardwick’s role at NBC following accusations of emotional abuse and controlling behavior by one of his ex-girlfriends.

“These allegations about Chris Hardwick took us by surprise as we have had a positive working relationship with him,” the network said in a statement at that time. “However, we take allegations of misconduct very seriously.”

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LOS ANGELES, CA- NOVEMBER 12: Actors Chris Hardwick (L) and Chloe Dykstra arrive at the 2013 GQ Men Of The Year Party at The Ebell of Los Angeles on November 12, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.(Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA- NOVEMBER 12: Actors Chris Hardwick (L) and Chloe Dykstra arrive at the 2013 GQ Men Of The Year Party at The Ebell of Los Angeles on November 12, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.(Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Chris Hardwick and Chloe Dykstra attend Alphabet Soup For Grown-Ups Book Launch Party at Bugatta on November 14, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Bezjian/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD , CA - MARCH 13: TV personality/comedian Chris Hardwick (L) and actress Chloe Dykstra arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' on March 13, 2014 at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Barry King/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 08: Chloe Dykstra (L) and Chris Hardwick attend the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures' 'Godzilla' at Dolby Theatre on May 8, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 08: Actors Chris Hardwick (R) and Chloe Dykstra arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Godzilla' at Dolby Theatre on May 8, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 08: TV personality/comic Chris Hardwick (R) and actress Chloe Dykstra arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Godzilla' held on May 8, 2014 at Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Barry King/FilmMagic)
CULVER CITY, CA - JUNE 07: TV personality Chris Hardwick (L) and actress Chloe Dykstra attend Spike TV's 'Guys Choice 2014' at Sony Pictures Studios on June 7, 2014 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
CULVER CITY, CA - JUNE 07: TV personality Chris Hardwick (L) and actress Chloe Dykstra attend Spike TV's 'Guys Choice 2014' at Sony Pictures Studios on June 7, 2014 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
CULVER CITY, CA - JUNE 07: TV personality Chris Hardwick (L) and actress Chloe Dykstra take selfies at Spike TV's 'Guys Choice 2014' at Sony Pictures Studios on June 7, 2014 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/WireImage for Spike TV)
CULVER CITY, CA - JUNE 07: TV personality Chris Hardwick (L) and actress Chloe Dykstra attend Spike TV's 'Guys Choice 2014' at Sony Pictures Studios on June 7, 2014 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Spike TV)
CULVER CITY, CA - JUNE 07: TV personality Chris Hardwick (L) and actress Chloe Dykstra attend Spike TV's 'Guys Choice 2014' at Sony Pictures Studios on June 7, 2014 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Spike TV)
CULVER CITY, CA - JUNE 07: TV personality Chris Hardwick (L) and actress Chloe Dykstra attend Spike TV's 'Guys Choice 2014' at Sony Pictures Studios on June 7, 2014 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Spike TV)
CULVER CITY, CA - JUNE 07: TV personality Chris Hardwick (L) and actress Chloe Dykstra attend Spike TV's 'Guys Choice 2014' at Sony Pictures Studios on June 7, 2014 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Spike TV)
CULVER CITY, CA - JUNE 07: Actors Lauren Cohan, Chris Hardwick, and Chloe Dykstra attends Spike TV's 'Guys Choice 2014' at Sony Pictures Studios on June 7, 2014 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Spike TV)
CULVER CITY, CA - JUNE 07: (L-R) Actors Jessica Alba, Chris Hardwick, Chloe Dykstra and Aaron Paul attend Spike TV's 'Guys Choice 2014' at Sony Pictures Studios on June 7, 2014 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Spike TV)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 07: Chris Hardwick (L) and Chloe Dykstra attend the Spike TV's 'Guys Choice' Awards held at the Sony Studios on June 7, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 04: TV personality/comic Chris Hardwick (R) and actress Chloe Dykstra arrive at the Los Angeles Premiere 'Thor: The Dark World' on November 4, 2013 at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Barry King/FilmMagic)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - OCTOBER 03: Actress Chloe Dykstra (L) and TV personality/comic Chris Hardwick arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of AMC's 'The Walking Dead' 4th season on October 3, 2013 at Universal CityWalk in Universal City, California. (Photo by Barry King/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: Actors Chloe Dykstra (L) and Chris Hardwick attend the NBA 2K14 premiere party at Greystone Manor on September 24, 2013 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for 2K)
Actress Chloe Dykstra and comedian Chris Hardwick arrive at the premiere of The World's End held at the Cinerama Dome, Hollywood. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 21: Actress Chloe Dykstra (L) and TV personality/comedian Chris Hardwick arrive at the Los Angeles Premiere 'The World's End' on August 21, 2013 at ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Barry King/FilmMagic)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 20: Actors Chris Hardwick and Chloe Dykstra attends 'The Awesomes' VIP After-Party sponsored by Hulu and Xbox at Andaz on July 20, 2013 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Hulu)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 20: Comedian Chris Hardwick and actress Chloe Dykstra attend 'The Awesomes' VIP After-Party sponsored by Hulu and Xbox at Andaz on July 20, 2013 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Hulu)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 19: Actor/host Chris Hardwick and actress/cosplayer Chloe Dykstra attend Day 2 of the 2013 Comic-Con International - General Atmosphere held at San Diego Convention Center on Friday July 19, 2012 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 19: Actress Chloe Dykstra and host/TV personality Chris Hardwick arrive for'The Walking Dead' 10th Anniversary Celebration Event Presented by Hyundai and Skybound on Day 2 of the 2013 Comic-Con International held at a Parking Lot on Island Ave & 7th on Friday July 19, 2012 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA- JULY 09: Actors Chloe Dykstra (L) and Chris Hardwick arrive at the 'Pacific Rim' - Los Angeles Premiere at Dolby Theatre on July 9, 2013 in Hollywood, California.(Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
Actors Chris Hardwick and Chloe Dykstra arrive at the premiere of Pacific Rim held at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 17: Chloe Dykstra and Chris Hardwick arrive at the 3rd Annual Streamy Awards at The Hollywood Palladium on February 17, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Araya Diaz/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 08: Television personality Chris Hardwick (L) and Chloe Dykstra arrive at the IAWTV Awards at the CES 2013 Show at the Palazzo Theater at the Palazzo Resort Hotel/Casino on January 8, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 04: Actor Chris Hardwick and Chloe Dykstra attend IFC's '2012 Comedy Bang Bang Nativity Pageant' holiday comedy show at The Ricardo Montalban Theatre on December 4, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by JC Olivera/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Actor Chris Hardwick (R) and Chloe Dykstra arrive at the GQ Men of the Year Party at Chateau Marmont on November 13, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/Getty Images For GQ)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 29: Chris Hardwick and Chloe Dykstra arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Wreck-It Ralph' at the El Capitan Theatre on October 29, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JULY 07: Actor/host Chris Hardwick and actress Chloe Dykstra participate in The Inaugural 'Course Of The Force' Olympic Relay Run with lightsabers to Benefit The Make-A-Wish Foundation hosted by LucasFilm, Nerdist Industries and Octagon held at The Santa Monica Pier on July 7, 2012 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Actor Chris Hardwick and actress Chloe Dykstra arrive for 'Marvel's The Avengers' - Los Angeles Premiere held at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Actor Chris Hardwick and actress Chloe Dykstra arrive for 'Marvel's The Avengers' - Los Angeles Premiere held at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Actors Chris Hardwick and Chloe Dykstra attend the Los Angeles premiere of 'Marvel's Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
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Last week, AMC announced that it had completed its own investigation into Hardwick’s behavior and would reinstate him as host of “Talking Dead.”

“We take these matters very seriously and given the information available to us after a very careful review, including interviews with numerous individuals, we believe returning Chris to work is the appropriate step,” the cable network said.

Aug. 7’s episode of “America’s Got Talent” will mark Hardwick’s first TV appearance since the accusations were made public.

In a Medium essay published in June, host and actress Chloe Dykstra said she was pressured into having sex and taking jobs from Hardwick, frequently “snapped/yelled at” and, eventually, blacklisted from companies connected to her ex-boyfriend.

Hardwick, who was briefly dropped by AMC and cut from moderating several Comic-Con panels in the weeks following the essay’s publication, has denied the allegations of abuse.

 

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