Yvette Nicole Brown is set to become the host of AMC’s Talking Dead and The Walking Dead: Season 9 Preview Special, at least for now.
AMC released a statement that read, “Yvette Nicole Brown will step in as an interim guest host of ‘The Walking Dead Season 9 Preview Special’ on August 5 and ‘Talking Dead’ when it returns following the premiere of ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ on August 12, as we work to complete our assessment related to Chris Hardwick.”
This news follows AMC’s announcement that Brown will also be replacing Hardwick as the panel moderator for The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead at San Diego Comic-Con, taking place next Friday, July 20.
These changes are all in the wake of a Medium post by Hardwick’s ex-girlfriend, Chloe Dykstra, in which she described how she was the victim of abuse and sexual assault by an anonymous abuser that people inferred to be Chris Hardwick. Hardwick has denied the allegations.
Yvette Nicole Brown is known for her role as Shirley Bennett on Community and multiple animated projects. She has also appeared on The Talking Dead numerous times and is a well-known fan of the series.
The Walking Dead returns for its ninth season later this year and will feature a time jump and will reportedly be star Andrew Lincoln’s final season with the show.
Adam Bankhurst is a freelance writer for IGN and thought Yvette Nicole Brown was one of the best parts of community and thinks she’ll do a great job in this role. You can follow him on Twitter.