ABOVE: Chris Hansen and wife Mary Joan in 2007.
The National Enquirer reports that Stamford resident Chris Hansen, host of Dateline NBC’s “To Catch a Predator,” was caught having an affair by the same hidden-camera trick he uses to nail perverts.
Yes, it’s the National Enquirer, so help yourself to a heaping plate of skepticism. But the tell-all tab says it has the goods on Hansen, who has been active in local charitable causes in Stamford.
The Enquirer says it has secretly filmed Hansen dating — and allegedly spending the night — with a 30-year-old Florida television reporter, Kristyn Caddell.
An NBC official told Hearst Connecticut Media Group on Thursday morning that the network does not specifically comment on National Enquirer stories, but that Hansen is “happily married” and has been friends with Caddell “for some time.”
The New York Post is reporting that a source close to Hansen called the Enquirer’s report “crap”.
“They’ve been friends for a long time, and there’s no truth to this,” the source told the Post. “There was no romantic dinner, and he didn’t stay with her that night.”
While we reserve judgment pending actual comment from the principals, the evident irony of the Enquirer’s tactics has made the story go viral on the web.
Hansen, a well-known figure in Stamford for years, has been a frequent speaker at events for the Stamford-based Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling, which until recently was run by Cathy Malloy, now Connecticut’s First Lady.
Hansen and his wife, Mary Joan, live on Shippan Point and have two sons.