In a move that comes as no surprise and at the urging of many fans, AMC has confirmed that Community actress and Walking Dead "superfan" Yvette Nicole Brown will be taking over hosting duties on Talking Dead from Chris Hardwick on an interim basis, beginning on August 5. Brown has been a frequent guest on the show, and will also be serving as moderator for the San Diego Comic-Con panels for both The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead (see below).
Here's what AMC had to say in an official statement:
"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."
Talking Dead host and AMC moderator Chris Hardwick stepped away from his hosting responsibilities in June in the face of accusations from ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra that he abused her during their relationship and that her career suffered after he worked to sabotage her career within the industry after they broke up. Hardwick continues to deny the allegations.
Fear the Walking Dead (Friday, July 20: 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Hall H)
Panelists (M: Yvette Nicole Brown): Colman Domingo, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Lennie James, Danay Garcia, Garret Dillahunt, Maggie Grace, and Jenna Elfman; executive producers/showrunners Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg; and executive producers Scott M. Gimple, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero, and David Alpert.
The first half of season four began with one figure huddled around a campfire, and ended with nine. Characters who started their journeys in isolation collided with each other in unexpected ways and found themselves in one of the last places they ever expected to be…together. In the back half of the season they will explore who they are now – as individuals and as part of the greater group – and how they will forge ahead. They will find themselves pitted against new adversaries – human, walker, and even nature itself. Theirs will be a journey wrought with danger, love, heartbreak, loss, and ultimately, hope.
The series is executive produced by Scott M. Gimple, showrunners Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg, as well as Robert Kirkman, David Alpert, Gale Anne Hurd and Greg Nicotero, and produced by AMC Studios. The series stars Lennie James, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Colman Domingo, Danay Garcia, Garret Dillahunt, Maggie Grace and Jenna Elfman.
The Walking Dead (Friday, July 20: 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. – Hall H)
Panelists (M: Yvette Nicole Brown): Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan; executive producer/showrunner Angela Kang; executive producers Scott M. Gimple, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, and David Alpert; and executive producer/director/special effects make-up supervisor Greg Nicotero.
Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, "The Walking Dead" reigns as television's most watched drama for adults 18-49 for a record-breaking six consecutive years. "The Walking Dead" tells the story of the months and years that follow after a zombie apocalypse, and follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, who travel in search of a safe and secure home. The series is executive produced by chief content officer Scott M. Gimple, showrunner Angela Kang, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Greg Nicotero, Tom Luse and Denise Huth.