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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."

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Chris Hansen, 'To Catch a Predator' Host, Caught Cheating by Hidden Cameras

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jun 30th 2011 5:30AM
Chris HansenOh, the irony ... It's been reported that Chris Hansen, host of 'To Catch a Predator,' the controversial 'Dateline' show that uses hidden cameras to trap would-be perverts in sting operations, has been caught cheating on his wife ... in a sting operation using hidden cameras.

According to 'The Daily Mail' Hansen found himself on the receiving end of his own hidden camera tactics after the married NBC anchor was secretly filmed on an illicit date with a blonde television reporter 20 years his junior.

He was the subject of a four-month long sting operation conducted by 'The National Enquirer' after he allegedly began an affair with former NBC intern Kristyn Caddell, a 30-year-old Florida journalist.

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To Catch a Predator Catches up to Roman Polanski

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Oct 13th 2009 9:02AM
Chris Hansen meets Roman Polanski on a fictional version of To Catch a Predator.Before it got self-referential and started playing up its own celebrity, NBC Dateline's "To Catch a Predator" series was a distinct guilty pleasure. It did the heart good to see some genuinely depraved lowlifes humiliated on nationwide TV before heading off to prison where they'd no doubt meet predators more adept than themselves.

Meanwhile, with so many in Hollywood reaching out to defend confessed child rapist Roman Polanski, It was inevitable that some clever video editor would bring "Predator" host Chris Hansen and moviedom's most prominent pedophile together for a brief interview on YouTube (video after the jump).

The exchange hits all of the "Predator" chestnuts as, whenever Hansen ambushed one of these depraved disasters, there'd be excuses and denials galore. Sadly, Polanski outlived the real "To Catch a Predator" as lame lawsuits involving tired notions of due process and entrapment ruined the fun for everyone.

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Dateline hits Vegas tonight and finds a fan

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 15th 2009 2:24PM
Chris Hansen and Dateline have become so embedded in the popular culture that even the people that get arrested talk about it. Tonight at 10 on NBC, Hansen and his crew go to Las Vegas for their "Vegas Undercover" investigation, and when a guy gets arrested, it turns out that he watches the show too!


[via PopWatch]

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NBC trying an alternative to Predator-catching

by Brad Trechak, posted Feb 16th 2009 1:12PM
NBCNBC quietly canceled the Chris Hansen-starring reality vehicle To Catch A Predator. Now it is planning to launch a similar sort of program in War Criminals which tracks down war criminals (obviously) and arrests them on camera.

Didn't these guys learn their lesson the first time around? Vigilante justice with a camera is still vigilante justice, and vigilante justice only works well in the comic books and movies. It works on television too, but only in the scripted variety and not like this.

Granted, prostitution with a camera is called pornography, but that's legal. It has a system to govern it and make sure it doesn't reach children or other inappropriate people (how effectively it works is another discussion). Even the government has expressed concerns about televised sting operations interfering in the legal apprehension of criminals.

While this may bring some short-term ratings to NBC, I don't see it lasting long. The last thing they need is another Bill Conradt-style lawsuit.

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Sick of the Super Bowl? Here's a sampler platter of what else you can watch

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 1st 2009 1:15PM
If you're like me (you have my deepest sympathy), you don't have a dog in this Sunday's hunt.

Thanks to the Arizona Cardinals' first appearance this weekend, my hometown team, the New Orleans Saints, will now be one of only five left in the NFL that have never made a Super Bowl appearance. Three if you don't count the expansion clubs.

So if you're a Cardinals fan and don't have the stomach to endure their slow, agonizing and inevitable defeat at the hands of the Pittsburgh Steelers, here are some alternative shows you can watch instead of the Super Bowl.

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To Catch A Predator still going

by Adam Finley, posted Jul 2nd 2007 8:02PM

chris hansenI've never been a fan of Dateline's "To Catch A Predator." Despite helping to put sexual predators behind bars, the series is tainted by egregious spectacle, and recently resulted in the suicide of one man in Murphy, Texas. Consequently, the district attorney has refused to prosecute the other twenty-four men who were caught in the sting.

Readers can discuss in the comments the value of one man's life over that of anyone else's, but that's not the point I'm trying to make. What I'm saying is, despite selling the show as some kind of humanitarian crusade, reporter Chris Hansen and the producers behind "To Catch A Predator" both want and need that moment of public humiliation for the show to work and for people to watch. They're putting out a fire, yes, but they're doing it by throwing manure on it.

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To Catch A Predator: the outtakes - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted May 12th 2007 12:04PM

this just inThis Just In has a new video up featuring some hysterical outtakes from Dateline's "To Catch A Predator" series.

Okay, it's not really Dateline, and that's not really Chris Hansen, but it is really, really funny. The swearing is bleeped, but you might want to be careful about watching it at work or church anyway. Also, you shouldn't bring your wireless laptop to church, that's just rude. Jesus doesn't come to your house and play his banjo* while you're trying to watch TV, does he? That's right, they don't**.

Anyway, I placed the video after the jump.

[via CC Insider]

*I belong to a religious sect that believes Jesus was in an folk band

**This sect also believes Jesus was made of several smaller Jesuses, like Voltron

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Dateline to live blog during online predators report

by Anna Johns, posted Feb 2nd 2006 10:03AM
chris_hansen_datelineDateline NBC will add an extra element to its broadcast on Friday night, an online chat. It's fitting, considering the subject matter. The news magazine will feature its third report to scare the crap out of parents about sexual predators on the internet. Reporter Chris Hansen and members of the vigilante group Perverted Justice will lure sexual predators from internet chat rooms to a house in which they are hiding. When the predator knocks on the door, Hansen and a camera crew will be there to confront the sicko (they do these undercover reports on the local news here in Portland, and they're pretty darn terrifying).

During Friday night's broadcast of Dateline NBC, reporter Chris Hansen will be hosting a live chat to answer questions and tell stories about the sexual predators that didn't make it into the final cut. Of course, this live chat is only for the East coast airing of Dateline from 9-11 pm.

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