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'To Catch A Predator' Chris Hansen Was Fired By NBC After 20 Years Because Of Extramarital Affairs

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Aug. 5 2013, Published 7:18 p.m. ET

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Chris Hansen's contract with NBC wasn't renewed because of extramarital affairs kept tawdry headlines, sullying the Peacock network's reputation, is exclusively reporting.

Just two weeks after published photos of Hansen kissing his former mistress Kristyn Caddell NBC announced they wouldn't be renewing the contract of the one-time host of the controversial ratings juggernaut, To Catch A Predator.

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“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,” NBC told TV Guide Magazine.

“We wish him the very best.”

The reason Hansen's contract wasn't being renewed was simple, "his personal life was becoming an embarrassing distraction to NBC. As a journalist, when your personal life begins making the news, there are big problems," a source told

"NBC thought Chris exercised very, very bad judgment by getting romantically involved with a local NBC affiliate reporter from Florida. It could have left the network open to big legal problems. The relationship with the stripper was just tacky. Chris was becoming a punch line on the late night shows. It was time for NBC to cut ties with Chris."

54-year-old Hansen said in a statement he’ll focus his energy toward “hosting and executive producing projects that will be announced in the coming months."

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Last month spoke with Caddell, who complained she’s been essentially blackballed from the news industry after her secret relationship with the married father-of-two was exposed two years ago.

Caddell, who said Hansen led her to believe he’d eventually leave her wife for her, also gave us three photos of them together — one of him passionately kissing her on a public street.

Caddell expressed resentment about what she called a “double standard” in play, as Hansen continued with his career after the news of their four-month affair broke, while hers was stuck in neutral.

In fact, if Hansen's personal life hadn't made news, "he was going to be named the primary host for Dateline," the source told



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