Yvette Nicole Brown
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‘Walking Dead’ super fan, Yvette Nicole Brown will replace Chris Hardwick as moderator of the San Diego Comic Con panels for ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘Fear the Walking Dead’.  (Yes,’Fear’ is getting its own panel!)  These panels will be held at Hall H on Friday, June 20, 2018.

Brown is one of the most popular and frequent guests on the after show ‘Talking Dead’, which Hardwick hosted.  Brown’s infectious enthusiasm for the series, her openness with her opinions and her notebooks filled with musings, observations and conspiracy theories (she was the first person to point out that Glen was the only character that had never killed a living human) endeared her to fans, who clamored for AMC to hire her to replace Hardwick on the chat show after allegations were made public that Hardwick had sexually and emotionally abused his ex-girlfriend, Chloe Dykstra.  For her part, Brown has served as the host of Syfy’s competition series ‘Cosplay Melee’ and a frequent guest co-host on ‘The View’, ‘The Real’ and ‘The Chew’.  She may be best known, however for roles on sitcoms ‘Community’ and ‘Drake & Josh’.

Last month, Dykstra posted a lengthy, detailed account of her three-year relationship with Hardwick, which was filled with damning instances of mistreatment including sexual assault.  She did not refer to Hardwick or his former company Nerdist by name, but readers quickly figured out who she was describing.  Dyktra did not file any legal charges against Hardwick, but AMC did pull Hardwick’s talk show ‘Talking with Chris Hardwick’ and Hardwick was removed from moderating duties at SDCC.  In addition to the ‘Walking Dead’ panels, Hardwick was to host the BBC panel to introduce Jodie Whittaker, the new Doctor Who.

Hardwick is now married to Lydia Hearst, who has publicly defended her husband, as has another of his exes, Jacinda Barrett.

His future at AMC is in question but should he not return, fans have already anointed Brown as his desired successor.

San Diego Comic-Con will be held from Thursday, July 19 until Sunday, July 22.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter