Chris Hardwick and Lydia Hearst appear at a red carpet event after announcing pregnancy


Chris Hardwick and his wife Lydia Hearst were seen attending the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures’ opening gala in Los Angeles on Saturday evening.

The 49-year-old podcaster was pictured flashing a wide smile while his spouse, 36, cradled her baby bump as the happy couple posed together for a set of glammed-up shots.

The pair’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 pair: Chris Hardwick and Lydia Hearst made their first red carpet appearance since announcing that they would be expecting a child at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures’ opening gala in Los Angeles on Saturday evening

Hardwick wore a light beige suit and a matching pair of pants while spending 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 lovely blue checkered dress that shone brightly while she posed for a few shots with her husband.

The mother-to-be’s dark orange hair complimented the flashier tones of her outfit and she accessorized with numerous pieces of jewelry.  

Stylish star: The Z Nation actress wore a lovely blue dress that was accentuated by numerous pieces of sparkling jewelry

Stylish star: The Z Nation actress wore a lovely blue dress that was accentuated by numerous pieces of sparkling jewelry

Coordinating colors: Hardwick wore a light beige suit and matching pants that beautifully contrasted with his wife's outfit

Coordinating colors: Hardwick wore a light beige suit and matching pants that beautifully contrasted with his wife’s outfit

Although the couple appeared to be soaking up the spotlight during the gala, they are currently awaiting the arrival of their child.

The Z Nation star and Hardwick previously confirmed the news just over a month ago during a sit-down with Just Jared.

The couple’s joyous announcement came just days after they celebrated five years of marriage on August 20.

‘We are beyond thrilled!’ the couple gushed to the publication. ‘We have wanted a family for awhile now, and are so incredibly excited about this!’ 

Baby on board: The actress and her comedian husband revealed that they were expecting their first child together during a sit-down with Just Jared last month

Baby on board: The actress and her comedian husband revealed that they were expecting their first child together during a sit-down with Just Jared last month

According to the couple, their baby is set to 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 gazed lovingly into Lydia’s eyes while she smiled back at him in her photo, while he shared a glimpse of the two touching foreheads while dancing.

‘It’s been five years, and yet it feels like only yesterday. I love you @hardwick,’ she wrote.

Over the moon: 'We are beyond thrilled!' the couple gushed to the publication. 'We have wanted a family for awhile now, and are so incredibly excited about this!'

Over the moon: ‘We are beyond thrilled!’ the couple gushed to the publication. ‘We have wanted a family for awhile now, and are so incredibly excited about this!’

Special moment: On Friday, the lovebirds celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary with photos from their first dance as husband and wife

Special moment: On Friday, the lovebirds celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary with photos from their first dance as husband and wife

‘Happy 5 Year Anniversary @lydiahearst!!! Holy cats! Five years! You are the absolute best,’ he wrote lovingly in his caption.

‘Fun slideshow time! The first pic is our first married dance,’ he continued.

Fittingly for the Nerdist Industries founder and pop culture obsessive, he had a Star Wars droid featured 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 being the droid that Luke Skywalker selected in the original Star Wars film, only to be replaced by R2-D2 when it blew a fuse.

For the wedding cake, the Doctor Who fan had half of it designed to look like a TARDIS, a space- and time-traveling device designed to look like a 1960s-era London police box.

The other half of the cake featured lovely roses and was topped with frosted cowboy boots, with Chris explaining that ‘the party was Western-themed.’

‘Such an amazing night!’ he added. 

Brave new world: The nerd-friendly nuptials featured a Star Wars droid as ring bearer

Brave new world: The nerd-friendly nuptials featured a Star Wars droid as ring bearer

His and hers: The wedding cake was half Dr. Who's TARDIS and half western-themed cowboy boots

His and hers: The wedding cake was half Dr. Who’s TARDIS and half western-themed cowboy boots

Lydia originally began a modeling career starting in 2004 before transitioning to film and television acting later in the decade.

She’s 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 after show 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 unnamed boyfriend, but fans assumed she referred to Chris based on the dates listed; seen in 2019 in Hollywood

Serious allegations: In 2018, Hardwick’s ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra wrote that she had been emotionally and sexually abused by an unnamed boyfriend, but fans assumed she referred to Chris based on the dates listed; seen in 2019 in Hollywood

Hardwick denied the allegations in a statement: ‘Our three year relationship was not perfect — we were ultimately not a good match and argued — even shouted 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 assault her.’  

Hearst also defended her husband on Instagram after the accusations went public.

‘This is not a statement in defense, this is a statement of defense,’ she wrote. ‘Defense for all the women who have been sexually abused, raped, trafficked, and tortured; defense of all the people who this movement was started for.’

Although she wrote that stories of women in the #MeToo Movement ‘need to be told,’ she said her husband had done nothing wrong.

‘I have made the decision to come out in support of my husband not out of obligation, but out of necessity to speak the truth about the person I know,’ she continued. ‘Chris is nothing but loving and compassionate and is the only person who has stood by me, never judged me, helped me heal, and feel whole.’

She concluded: ‘To defend my husband would be giving credence to any of these accusations. I will not do that. Chris Hardwick is a good man.’

Hardwick was later cleared of wrongdoing in investigations launched by AMC, which broadcasts Talking Dead and his other talk shows, and Nerdist.

Dykstra opted not to be interviewed for the investigations.

In the clear: The Talking Dead host was later cleared in investigations by AMC and his company Nerdist Industries, though Dykstra opted not to participate in the investigations; seen in 2019

In the clear: The Talking Dead host was later cleared in investigations by AMC and his company Nerdist Industries, though Dykstra opted not to participate in the investigations; seen in 2019

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