Chris Hansen Will No Longer Catch Predators for NBC
Network doesn't renew his contract
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 5, 2013 2:08 PM CDT
This undated studio portrait, provided by NBC Universal, shows Chris Hansen.   (AP Photo/NBC Universal, Virginia Sherwood)

(Newser) – It's a pretty boilerplate statement explaining what on its face is a simple parting of ways: NBC News on Friday confirmed that it's not renewing Chris Hansen's contract, a split that's getting wide pickup today. The To Catch a Predator host "has been a valued member of the team and we thank him for his many contributions to Dateline and NBC News over the last 20 years," said a network rep per TV Guide. (It notes that he began catching predators in 2004.)

Radar, however, points out that the news comes two weeks after it ran a photo (here) of the married Hansen kissing his former mistress. (Kristyn Caddell told her side of the story last month.) For his part, Hansen released a statement that detailed his future plans: "hosting and executive producing projects that will be announced in the coming months."

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Ultraworld
Aug 6, 2013 4:08 PM CDT
His show really opened my eyes to how serious child sex abuse was & how dangerous the net can be for children. I was shocked that men who thought it was a trap showed up ANYWAY & some did it twice! I hope stings like this are alive & well. I think Hanson seemed a bit overzealous & people tired of him. 20 yrs is a damn good run.
Chatsworth
Aug 6, 2013 3:07 PM CDT
Bizarre.
backtooakland
Aug 6, 2013 2:26 PM CDT
This guy and people like him give me the f*cking creeps. It's like these Christian broadcasters too, they're just so OBSESSED with sex, esp. with little boys. I think THEY are ones we should watch out for.