The fans appear to have won this round.
Following the departure of moderator Chris Hardwick, Deadline reports Community‘s Yvette Nicole Brown will moderate this year’s The Walking Dead panel at Comic-Con International: San Diego. Brown became a fan favorite to replace Hardwick after the Talking Dead host chose to step away from his usual moderating duties amid accusations that he emotionally abused sexually assaulted former girlfriend Chloe Dykstra.
Brown was a constant presence on Talking Dead and her enthusiasm for the show made her a quick go-to for Dead fans ready to see Hardwick replaced. Some are already she will take over hosting duties of Talking Dead should it return in the Fall.
The panel will take place on July 20th at 11:15am. Deadline reports castmembers Andrew Lincoln, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Norman Reedus are expected to appear alongside executive producers EPs Gale Anne Hurd, Robert Kirkman and new Walking Dead showrunner Angela Kang. The hour will be followed by a Fear the Walking Dead panel at 12:30 with stars Kim Dickens, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Colman Domingo and Lennie James taking the Hall H stage. It appears Brown will stick around to moderate that discussion as well.
Besides The Walking Dead panels, Hardwick was set to host the Doctor Who panel; the first Comic-Con appearance of new star Jodie Whittaker. BBC America has not yet announced a replacement.
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