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Chris Hansen Loses 'Dateline' Anchor Job After Scandal

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jul 11th 2011 7:45AM
Chris Hansen'To Catch a Predator' host Chris Hansen has been embroiled in a scandal since reports surfaced that he'd been caught cheating on his wife.

Now it seems that the scandal may have cost him more than just marital harmony -- it may also have cost him a much-coveted job.

According to 'The New York Post,' NBC was set to name Hansen as the new 'Dateline' anchor next month after current anchor Ann Curry landed the top job at 'Today,' but the plan has been scrapped by NBC brass, who believe the scandal has damaged Hansen.

The 'Post' quotes a source as saying that "Hansen was to be announced as a lead anchor. ... While NBC is publicly playing down the scandal, it's thrown their plans into disarray. Kate Snow may now have to get the job, but she's been on the show only a year."

Ann Curry has anchored 'Dateline' since 2005. In June she was officially named co-anchor of NBC's flagship morning show 'Today' after Meredith Vieira stepped down.

Rising star Kate Snow, who may now land the top 'Dateline' job if the 'Post' is correct, replaced Ann Curry as one of the two primary substitutes for Brian Williams on 'NBC Nightly News.' She is also the primary substitute for Lester Holt on weekend editions of 'NBC Nightly News.' Prior to joining NBC, she co-anchored the weekend edition of 'Good Morning America' on ABC for six years.

Hansen has worked for NBC for two decades, and became famous with hidden camera series 'To Catch a Predator.' Launched in 2005, it is devoted to the subject of identifying and detaining those who contact people they believe to be below the age of consent over the Internet for sexual liaisons.

He was allegedly caught cheating on his wife in a hidden camera sting operation mounted by 'The National Enquirer.' The 'Post' reports that a further scandal could be brewing after rumors surfaced that Hansen had sent explicit photos of himself to his girlfriend and is terrified they could now be published à la Weinergate.

When asked by the 'Post' for comment, an NBC rep said "This couldn't be further from the truth. Ann Curry is the anchor of 'Dateline.'" The rep didn't respond when asked if they had planned for that to change.

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thomasdog316

I love Ann Curry..True she's a little old fashioned in her dress..but she was reliable and kept busy..We need more down to earth like here..will miss you Ann..

March 14 2013 at 8:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
I LOVE GOLF

There are many sinners among us, however, when you represented yourself as someone dedicated to the persuit of moral standards and justice, and, you've violated those standards, I think you've lost your credibility.

I happen to be a very "Liberal' person, but , you don't get a pass from me on this one,

June 15 2012 at 9:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Roxan Main

Well he knows what to look for in a predatorial sense has his on personnel experience going. That is why an drug addict can make a good therpist because they been there and done that. LOL

June 03 2012 at 4:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ted

Why does this guy's show "Predator" still appear on television??? I am more embarrassed for Chris Hansen than anyone he entrapped in his predatorial television show. So he got famous humiliating people for doing things that Hansen himself would probably do being morally bankrupt caught sending photos of his manhood to his mistress. I guess that it proves that Hansen is the same as the victims that he exposes, humiliates and exposes online, he is from the same ilk as all of his unsuspecting victims, as we learn all have fantasies, and all are Human.

April 30 2012 at 12:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ted

Why does this guy's show "Predator" still appear on television??? I am more embarrassed for Chris Hansen than anyone he entrapped in his predatorial television show. So he got famous humiliating people for doing things that Hansen himself would probably do being morally bankrupt caught sending photos of his manhood to his mistress. I guess that it proves that Hansen is the same as the victims that he exposes, humiliates and exposes online, he is from the same ilk as all of his unsuspecting victims, as we learn all have fantasies, and all are Human.

April 30 2012 at 12:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
fjdp914

It isn't so much about image as it is about hypocrisy. For years they have been running a show that preys upon the sick and twisted mind of the deviant and the sick and twisted mind of the people who want to watch the deviant. What garbage. The whole damn mess is just sad and reflects on both the station and Mr. Hansen.

March 09 2012 at 9:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ELois Poole-Clayton

I pray that this doesn't hold water, Mr. Hanson.

I pray, that IF, this is so, that you and your wife, has an understanding on the subject.

I say that, to say this. I know that couples swing and that choice, is just that;their choice.

The problem comes, when it's not agreed upon by BOTH spouses, but if there IS an issue, simply because it has been exposed(true or not), again, I pray that it's something that wasn't a secret between the two of you, that you're more than certain WHOM you're acquainted with and with that, the joke is on the nozy-bodies, who THOUGHT they had something on you and your wife.

In the best senerio, it's ALWAYS BEST, to talk to eachother about such possibilties. That way, in most cases, people will learn to mind their OWN business and that way, noone will be able to laugh in your faces, for if they do try to destroy your marriage, they will soon learn, that it was BEST for THEM, to stay OUT of others business.

THAT's when you and your significant other, has the last laugh(smile).

That's how you get people OUT of your business and NOTHING is left, but EGG, in THEIR faces!....Ha! HA! HA!

March 04 2012 at 8:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Alex Adam

This is So Old "News"! AOL is A Loser "News" Source! I 'm Getting Mine From the BBC !
This Place is a Waste. A Real Piece of Shyt!

January 08 2012 at 12:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
oralalex

No Male should Ever Marry. Males are By Nature Monogamous, erog Marriage is against Nature.

October 14 2011 at 12:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Whuh

They are probably going to fire him because it's about an image that NBC wants to have. It's also about rating too. NBC doesn't want a front man known for cheating on his wife of 30+ years. How many more women watch NBC over men? Think about it. They (NBC) like all companies cater to the majority. Most women are easily disgusted by men who cheat on their wives.

I was in the US Navy (02-06). Every time we went out. they always told us, your actions reflect upon everyone else in the US Navy. If you go out and conduct yourself in a disorderly manner, you will face consequences and may get discharged for it.

Morals, you got them or don't. You don't pick and chose what is morally right or morally wrong. You don't go around setting people up and than at the end of the day go and cheat on your wife. When you're in the spot light, minor everyday things are multiplied to the extreme. Look at all these movie celebs that are all over the magazines for retarded crap. Such and such gained 5 lbs, or so and so is back in rehab.

Bottom line is when you're in the media, the consequences for your actions/choices will be severe and will effect you, your family and your status.

August 07 2011 at 12:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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