Hardwick, 43, hosts Talking Dead and Comedy Central's late-night show @midnight (for which he won the Creative Arts Emmy for Best Creative Achievement in Interactive Media) as well as the Nerdist podcast. He shared the news on Instagram Sunday, along with a photo of the ring he's giving Hearst, which had been passed down from her grandmother. (His proposal was with a candy ring, as the inherited piece was back in New York getting sized.)
Hardwick said his surprise proposal happened at the Chateau Marmont, where he had told Hearst (falsely) that there was "a small Emmy after party."
All snazzed up on the red carpet! @lydiahearst had NO IDEA what I was planning for later. I told her there was a small Emmy after party at the Chateau Marmont. When we got up to the room I had to confess that I had tricked her when I pulled out the room key. I opened the door and the room was filled with wild flower bouquets and purple rose petals all over the floor (apologies to the housekeeping dept). And then...IT HAPPENED. I pulled out a candy ring (the one she's getting for real is in NY and needs to be sized). She affirmed that this union was mutually agreeable by bursting into tears. Then there was kissing and cry breath. It was a scene so romantic, I'm surprised a Rachel McAdams movie didn't break out around it. I'm guessing it will ultimately be the only Hearst wedding whose registry includes @thinkgeek. (photo credit: JB Lacroix for @gettyimages)
My biggest win of the night was actually @lydiahearst saying YES!!!! This ring belonged to her grandmother Catherine Hearst and @patriciahearst has graciously and wonderfully passed it down to me to give to Lydia. IT'S OFFICIAL!!! What an absolutely perfect and amazing night!! I love this woman with all my heart....#YesThisMeansWhatYouThinkItMeans
Hearst, 30, is an actress/model/blogger who is the great-granddaughter of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst. She also posted news of the engagement on social media over the weekend.
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