by Jim McFarlin
Multiple news sources reported Monday (Aug. 5) that Hansen, a former street reporter for Detroit's WDIV (Channel 4) and WXYZ (Channel 7) best known for his "To Catch a Predator" hidden-camera pedophile ambush specials on Dateline NBC, is being cut loose by NBC after 20 years with the network. In a statement, NBC said it will not be renewing Hansen's contract when it
expires later this year.
"Chris 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,” the network said in a release to TV Guide magazine. “We wish him the very best.”
This decision comes just weeks after a new round of photos hit the media showing Hansen, a married father of two, locked in a passionate kiss with his alleged mistress of four months in 2012, Kristyn Caddell.
It was Caddell herself who released the photos to the gossip website RadarOnline.com. The onetime Florida TV newswoman expressed outrage that she has been out of a job since the affair was exposed while Hansen's career appeared to have rebounded. "If I can't work, he should not be able to work," she told the website.
In March 2012, when The National Enquirer broke the first reports of his extramarital dalliances, Hansen claimed the photos the tabloid obtained were greatly misleading. "I understand the perceived irony of the, you know, so-called 'gotcha guy' getting 'gotcha-ed,'" he said then. "But what the 'gotcha guy' got gotcha-ed doing was going out to dinner."
Hansen, 54, a seven-time Emmy winner, released a simultaneous statement this week stating he is looking forward to "hosting and executive producing projects that will be announced in the coming months."
A Lansing native who was raised in Bloomfield Hills and a Michigan State graduate, Hansen also will be long remembered in these parts for his controversial April 2010 Dateline documentary on Detroit, "America Now: City of Heartbreak and Hope." Though the hour-long paean to his adopted hometown included interviews with Detroit Mayor Dave Bing and Kid Rock, many viewers focused on an older East Side gentleman who was earning money through his roadside sale of "coon meat."