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

(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."

This undated studio portrait, provided by NBC Universal, shows Chris Hansen.
This undated studio portrait, provided by NBC Universal, shows Chris Hansen.   (AP Photo/NBC Universal, Virginia Sherwood)
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