Though Dykstra's account did not identify Hardwick by name in her essay, several details pointed to him as the alleged abuser in question, from their ages (Dykstra is 29 and Hardwick is 46, and in the essay she describes "falling for a man nearly 20 years my senior") to his professional journey ("from a mildly successful podcaster to a powerhouse CEO of his own company" - Nerdist began as a podcast, and Hardwick rose to CEO of Nerdist Industries).
Lea Michele, left, and Chris Hardwick present a performance by Nick Jonas at the American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in Los Angeles. Hardwick has also hosted several TV shows, including Talking Dead, AMC's official aftershow for The Walking Dead.
Hardwick is reportedly working to regain the support of the remaining "Talking" staffers.
Sources revealed that Hardwick led an emotional meeting with the staff upon his return to the production on Wednesday with his demeanor described as "apologetic and contrite", promising to meet with any staffers individually upon request. Less than 72 hours after the first-person piece hit the Internet, AMC suspended "Talking Dead" - the day before its season debut.
Chris Hardwick's name has been restored on Nerdist's website.
AMC chose to bring Hardwick back after investigating Dykstra's claims with the help of a law firm.
Dykstra alleged in her essay that she was prohibited from having male friends, drinking alcohol or speaking when the two were out in public during their three-year relationship.
The 29-year-old actress defended her essay this week as Hardwick stepped back into the spotlight.
"This show is not just a job to me", he continued through tears.
"We take these matters very seriously and given the information available to us after a very careful review, including interviews with numerous individuals, we believe returning Chris to work is the appropriate step". Days later, the outlet reported Hardwick would also be returning to host NBC's The Wall, and would appear as a guest judge on America's Got Talent.
IndieWire has reached out to AMC for comment.