100% This. Chris Hardwick is a genuinely likable guy who is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about his place in nerd culture. He works hard and he puts out some really unique, fun stuff like his All-Star Celebrity Bowling or @Midnight. I honestly don't understand why he gets the amount of negativity that he does.
Even in his singled out days, Hardwick was always anti working with the system so to speak, it was his and another producers idea to basically make fun of all the jackass frat boys that were contestants during the run of the show.
He's specifically said on numerous occasions that he doesn't like acting and prefers the hosting. All the current hosting gigs except for @midnight were offered to him after he did a crazy amount of panels at several comic conventions after that first year of the nerdist podcast.
It's not an Olivia Munn situation at all.
I could get into the Munn bullshit but it's really not worth talking about. (Her ex co-host on AOTS takes shots at her every once and a while on his podcast) She was on that show to get noticed to further her acting career even though she said differently when she started on the show and pretending to basically have an extensive knowledge on different aspects of geek and nerd culture. (That being said, I enjoy her work on The Newsroom)