About a week after declaring she was not angling for Chris Hardwick’s Talking Dead job following his #MeToo situation, Yvette Nicole Brown has been tapped by AMC to do just that — at least temporarily.
“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,” AMC said in a statement released Friday, per Variety.
The news comes less than two weeks after AMC announced that Brown would also serve as the moderator for the San Diego Comic-Con panels for both “The Walking Dead” and “Fear the Walking Dead.”
Brown’s good fortune comes at the expense of “Talking Dead” host and longtime AMC Comic-Con moderator Hardwick stepping down in June amid accusations from his ex-girlfriend, Chloe Dykstra, that he abused her during their relationship and subsequently got her blackballed from the industry after they broke up. Hardwick has denied the allegations.
Fans started speculating that Brown would eventually take over hosting the Walking Dead aftershow when her Comic-Con role was announced. Brown, known for her work on shows like Community and numerous animated projects, is a well known superfan of The Walking Dead and has appeared on Talking Dead numerous times.
The Comic-Con panels for both shows are scheduled for Friday, July 20. They will run back-to-back for an hour each in Hall H beginning at 11:15 a.m. PT with Fear the Walking Dead. The cast and creators of both shows will be in attendance, including Andrew Lincoln, who is rumored to be leaving The Walking Dead after the upcoming ninth season.
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