So to catch you up if you don’t know, The Nerdist podcast transitioned to being the ID10T podcast a while ago, but then stopped abruptly when allegations against host Chris Hardwick surfaced about him sexually assaulting a past girlfriend, Chloe Dykstra, daughter of legendary special effects wizard John Dykstra.
Today, the first ID10t podcast since those allegations came out back in June has been released, apparently an interview with Halloween star Jaime Lee Curtis. It’s in my feed, I haven’t listened to it yet… and I feel conflicted about even downloading it. Chris has denied all the allegations, has made no public statements on his Twitter in more than 3 months, and Chloe is not pursuing legal action as far as I’m aware, but it still feels icky.
I’ve listened to a lot of Nerdist/ID10T podcasts. Not 100% of them, mostly just picking and choosing people that I know/sound interesting, but I’ve spent a lot of time listening to Chris Hardwick. I know we are not friends (I’ve never met the man, never been to a show of his), but he’s been in my ear a lot. Ever since June, I haven’t listened to a single back episode though. I want him to explain himself (and hey, maybe he does at the beginning of the new one), but the fact that he hasn’t said something about it makes me feel wrong about continuing to support him with downloads and listens.
Am I over thinking this? Or are my concerns about this valid?