Never fear, The Walking Dead fans! Another celebrity super fan will be taking Chris Hardwick's place as moderator at this year's San Diego Comic-Con panel for The Walking Dead. Yvette Nicole Brown (Community) has reportedly decided to fill Hardwick's shoes.
AMC found itself in a bind last month after accusations of sexual assault caused Hardwick to step down from his yearly role as moderator on The Walking Dead's Comic-Con panel. With the con only a month away, it was unclear who the network would get to fill in on one of the biggest panels of the weekend considering Hardwick — who hosts the Walking Dead after show Talking Dead — had become a staple of the experience.
Luckily, Deadline reports that Brown, who also happens to be a Walking Dead aficionado, has stepped up in the show's time of need. Considering we've all seen her in action already on Talking Dead, we can all sleep soundly knowing she's going to totally rock this panel.
Hardwick was also scheduled to moderate the Doctor Who panel, but there has been no word yet on who will take over that role in his absence.
AMC put a hold on its relationship with Chris Hardwick after his ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra wrote a piece about her past experience with abuse that implied Hardwick had been sexually and emotionally abusive during their time together. Hardwick denied Dykstra's allegations, saying he was "heartbroken" by the piece and cited Dykstra's infidelity as the cause of their breakup.
Nevertheless, AMC decided to distance itself from Hardwick in the wake of these accusations.
"We have had a positive working relationship with Chris Hardwick for many years. We take the troubling allegations that surfaced yesterday very seriously," the network said in a statement. "While we assess the situation, Talking with Chris Hardwick will not air on AMC, and Chris has decided to step aside from moderating planned AMC and BBC America panels at Comic-Con International in San Diego next month."
The Walking Dead will return for Season 9 this fall.