- Oct 25, 2017
Nerdist founder and host Chris Hardwick will appear in Borderlands 3, despite abuse allegations leveled against him last year. Gearbox confirmed to The Verge that Hardwick would return to voice Vaughn, a character introduced in Telltale’s Tales from the Borderlands. A spokesperson declined to comment further on the company’s decision to do so. “We don’t have any comments at this time on the process of bringing him on board,” the spokesperson said.
In 2018, actress Chloe Dykstra published a poston Medium detailing sexual and emotional abuse allegations against a former boyfriend. She does not name him, but it is believed to be Hardwick. Following the allegations, Nerdist pulled Hardwick’s name and posts from the site; many writers publicly denounced him as well. Hardwick — who appears on AMC as the host of after shows such as Talking Bad (for Breaking Bad), Talking Saul (for Better Call Saul), Talking Preacher (for Preacher) and Talking Dead (for The Walking Dead) — was removed from San Diego Comic-Con panels shortly after. AMC pulled his show, Talking with Chris Hardwick.
So they couldn't get Troy Baker or David Eddings to return but Chris Hardwick gets to reprise his role? Wow.On May 29th, Dykstra tweeted about Hardwick’s inclusion in the upcoming Borderlands. “I hate saying this as a huge fan of Gearbox games and (most of) the developers who work on them,” she tweeted. “After having had a personal/working relationship with the company, it’s hard for me to support the franchise anymore.”