Nerdist founder and host Chris Hardwick will seem in Borderlands 3, regardless of abuse allegations leveled in opposition to him final yr. Gearbox confirmed to The Verge that Hardwick would return to voice Vaughn, a personality launched in Telltale’s Tales from the Borderlands. A spokesperson declined to remark additional on the corporate’s determination to take action. “We don’t have any feedback presently on the method of bringing him on board,” the spokesperson mentioned.
In 2018, actress Chloe Dykstra printed a publish on Medium detailing sexual and emotional abuse allegations in opposition to a former boyfriend. She doesn’t identify him, however it’s believed to be Hardwick. Following the allegations, Nerdist pulled Hardwick’s identify and posts from the location; many writers publicly denounced him as nicely. Hardwick — who seems on AMC because the host of after reveals corresponding to Speaking Unhealthy (for Breaking Unhealthy), Speaking Saul (for Higher Name Saul), Speaking Preacher (for Preacher) and Speaking Useless (for The Strolling Useless) — was faraway from San Diego Comedian-Con panels shortly after. AMC pulled his present, Speaking with Chris Hardwick.
Following an inside investigation by Nerdist, Hardwick’s identify was later returned to the location (although the About web page has as soon as once more been up to date with no point out of his founding function). A follow-up assertion from the location’s workers provides that Hardwick’s function as founder is “factually true,” and that its assertion “isn’t meant to indicate any change in our ongoing help of girls and victims, nor does it change our enterprise relationship with Hardwick, which concluded in 2017.” Hardwick was additionally reinstated to each Speaking Useless and Speaking with Chris Hardwick following what AMC referred to as a “complete evaluation.” On the time, Dykstra mentioned that she “selected to not take part within the investigation of the individual I spoke of.”
On Could 29th, Dykstra tweeted about Hardwick’s inclusion within the upcoming Borderlands. “I hate saying this as an enormous fan of Gearbox video games and (most of) the builders who work on them,” she tweeted. “After having had a private/working relationship with the corporate, it’s laborious for me to help the franchise anymore.”