Chris Hardwick and his wife Lydia Hearst were seen Saturday night at the opening gala of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles.
The 49-year-old podcaster was pictured with a wide smile as his wife, 36, cradled her baby bump as the happy couple posed together for a series of glamorous photos.
The couple’s outing marks their first red carpet appearance as a couple since announcing in late August that they are expecting their first child together.
Perfect couple: Chris Hardwick and Lydia Hearst appeared on the red carpet for the first time since announcing they were expecting a child at the opening gala of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles on Saturday night
Hardwick wore a light beige suit and matching trousers as he spent time with his wife.
The television host contrasted the dominant color of his clothing with a stark white shirt and a pair of black leather shoes.
Hearst opted for a pretty blue plaid dress that glowed as she posed for a few photos with her husband.
The mother-to-be’s dark orange hair complimented the flashier hues of her outfit and she adorned it with countless jewelry.
Stylish star: The Z Nation actress wore a beautiful blue dress that was accentuated by countless sparkling jewelry
Coordinating colours: Hardwick wore a light beige suit and matching trousers that contrasted beautifully with his wife’s outfit
Although the couple seemed to be in the spotlight during the gala, they are currently waiting for the arrival of their child.
The Z Nation star and Hardwick confirmed the news just over a month ago during a sit-down with just shocked.
The couple’s joyful announcement came just days after they had been married for five years on August 20.
“We’re beyond excited!” the pair gushed for the publication. ‘We’ve wanted a family for a while and are so excited about this!’
Baby on board: The actress and her comedic husband revealed last month that they were expecting their first child together during a sit-down with Just Jared
According to the couple, their baby will arrive early next year.
On Friday, the lovebirds both shared photos of them on the dance floor for their first dance as husband and wife.
Chris looked lovingly into Lydia’s eyes as she smiled at him in her photo, sharing glimpses of the two tangling foreheads as he danced.
“It’s been five years and yet it feels like yesterday. I love you @hardwick,” she wrote.
Over the moon: ‘We are beyond excited!’ the pair gushed for the publication. “We’ve wanted a family for a while and are so excited about this!”
Special moment: Friday the lovebirds celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary with photos of their first dance as husband and wife
Happy 5th anniversary @lydiahearst!!! Holy cats! Five years! You are absolutely the best,” he wrote fondly in his caption.
‘Great time for a slideshow! The first photo is our first wedding dance,’ he continued.
Fittingly for the founder of Nerdist Industries and pop culture obsessive, he showcased a Star Wars droid during the ceremony.
‘the second [photo] is our ring bearer, R5-D4,” he wrote of the red-and-white rolling droid whose main claim to fame is the droid Luke Skywalker selected in the original Star Wars movie, only to be replaced by R2-D2 when there’s blown a fuse.
For the wedding cake, the Doctor Who fan had half designed to look like a TARDIS, a space- and time-traveling device designed to look like a 1960s London police box.
The other half of the cake had beautiful roses and was topped with frozen cowboy boots, Chris explaining that “the party was western themed.”
“What a great night!” he added.
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Lydia originally embarked on a modeling career that started in 2004 before transitioning to film and television acting later in the decade.
She is the great-granddaughter of legendary newspaper publisher and yellow journalism purveyor William Randolph Hearst, as well as the daughter of Patty Hearst.
Chris is a popular stand-up comedian and podcaster who hosts the Walking Dead aftershow Talking Dead.
He was embroiled in controversy in 2018 after his ex-girlfriend, Chloe Dykstra, alleged in a Medium post from June of that year that one of her ex-boyfriends had emotionally and sexually abused her.
She didn’t name Hardwick, but the dates and clues led readers to assume he was the target of her post.
Serious allegations: In 2018, Hardwick’s ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra wrote that she had been emotionally and sexually abused by an undisclosed boyfriend, but fans assumed she was referring to Chris based on the dates listed; seen in 2019 in Hollywood
Hardwick denied the allegations in a statement: “Our three-year relationship wasn’t perfect – we weren’t a good match in the end and argued – even yelled at each other – but I loved her and did my best to uplift and support her as a partner.” and companion in any way and at no time did I sexually abuse her.’
Hearst also defended her husband on Instagram after the allegations went public.
“This is not a defence, this is a defence,” she wrote. Defense for all women who have been sexually abused, raped, trafficked and tortured; defense of all the people for whom this movement was founded.’
While she wrote that stories about women in the #MeToo movement “need to be told,” she said her husband had done nothing wrong.
“I made the decision to support my husband not out of obligation, but out of necessity to speak the truth about the person I know,” she continued. “Nothing but loving and compassionate, Chris is the only person who has stood by me, never judged me, helped me heal and made me feel whole.”
She concluded, “If I were to defend my husband, I would believe any of these charges. I won’t. Chris Hardwick is a good man.’
Hardwick was later cleared of wrongdoing in investigations started by AMC, which broadcasts Talking Dead and its other talk shows, and Nerdist.
Dykstra chose not to be interviewed for the studies.
Clear: The Talking Dead host was later acquitted in investigations by AMC and his company Nerdist Industries, although Dykstra chose not to participate in the investigations; seen in 2019