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Chris Hansen Leaving NBC News

NBC “Dateline” anchor Chris Hansen is leaving NBC News, a source close to the anchor confirms to TVNewser. Hansen, a 20-year veteran of NBC, is best known for his hidden camera reports such as “To Catch a Predator” and “The Hansen Files.” More recently, his personal life became tabloid fodder.

Hansen’s departure was first reported by TV Guide‘s Stephen Battaglio, who received a comment from NBC.

“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 tells TV Guide Magazine in a statement. “We wish him the very best.”

In a statement, Hansen said he is pursuing “hosting and executive producing projects that will be announced in the coming months.”

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NBC’s ‘Dateline’ Leads Broadcasters Friday, CBS’ ’48 Hours’ Saturday

Friday’s edition of “Dateline” was easily the most-watched program on the broadcast networks in primetime for the night, averaging over five million viewers during its two-hour block.

From 9-10PM , “Dateline” featured one of Chris Hansen‘s “Wild Wild Web” editions, with 10-11 PM being a more traditional “Fatal Attraction” crime mystery. Impressively, “Dateline” improved upon its 8 PM lead-in (a rerun of dramedy series “Camp”) by 175%, before leveling off somewhat during the 10-11 PM hour.

On Saturday, “48 Hours” averaged 4.71 million viewers for its new episode at 10 PM. A rerun of the program at 9 PM averaged just over four million viewers. They were the number one and number two most popular programs of the night, respectively.

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A Tribute to Ann Curry, and a Rap From Lester Holt, at ‘Dateline’ 20th Anniversary Celebration

NBC News threw a party last night, celebrating the 20th anniversary of its primetime newsmagazine “Dateline.”

While the mood was celebratory, it was hard to escape the elephant in the room. In an address to guests at the event, senior EP David Corvo paid tribute to a number of former “Dateline” staffers, including former anchor Ann Curry who bid farewell to the “Today” show earlier in the day.

“Ann had her own sweet, persistent way of coming into my office, day after day, trying to push us to do certain types of stories that we weren’t doing,” Corvo said. “Her legacy probably on the show more than anything else is ‘America Now,’ which has gotten a lot of awards, was fun to produce and made a difference in some people’s lives, which is what Ann is dedicated to.”

Dateline EP Liz Cole likened the party to a “family reunion,” and it did feel that way. TVNewser spotted Hoda Kotb (who at one point danced in the DJ booth), correspondents Chris Hansen, and Keith Morrison, original anchor Jane Pauley (but not Stone Phillips) and former “Dateline” correspondent and current Fox News anchor Jon Scott. The event, held at Catch in New York’s Meatpacking District, was the second 20th anniversary party for the series in less than a year (see our report from the first one, here). Former NBC News president and “Dateline” EP Neal Shapiro was there, as was current NBC News chief Steve Capus, who praised the program:

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NBC’s ‘Dateline’ Celebrates 20th Season With Mystery-Themed Party

TVNewser stopped by an event in celebration of the 20th season of NBC’s “Dateline” last night. The party, which had a mystery theme, was held at Manhattan’s Griffou.

Attendees — including Chris Hansen, Hoda Kotb, Dennis Murphy, Keith Morrison, Josh Mankiewicz and “Dateline” executive producer Liz Cole — had their mugshots taken and uploaded to Twitter using the hashtag #howdoyoudateline.

Also in attendance was NBC News President Steve Capus, who was spending his birthday with the “Dateline” crew (they had a chocolate cake in his honor). He told TVNewser that earlier in the day he received a “Put On A Happy Face” singing telegram at his office.

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Lester Holt Named anchor of ‘Dateline NBC’

Longtime Weekend “Today” and “Nightly News” anchor Lester Holt is adding “Dateline NBC” to his anchor duties. Holt takes over for Ann Curry who has anchored the show since 2005, and who was named co-anchor of “Today” in May.

“Dateline NBC” was Launched in 1992, and in recent years has covered sensational crime stories which draw viewers and are easily re-purposed on MSNBC and other cable nets.

Holt — whose nickname is Iron Pants around the office, a testament to his work ethic — begins anchoring the 20th season of Dateline this Friday. Chris Hansen, Hoda Kotb, Josh Mankiewicz, Keith Morrison and Dennis Murphy continue as correspondents.

“One of the hardest working men on television, we are so pleased that Lester has added ‘Dateline’ to his portfolio,” said NBC News president Steve Capus.

As Dateline gets a new anchor, NBC News continues to put significant time and money behind “Rock Center with Brian Williams,” a new weekly, live primetime news program anchored by Brian Williams. A premiere date for “Rock Center” has not yet been announced.

Jay Leno goes there about Chris Hansen

Fourth hour of the “Today” show hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb were on the “Tonight Show” Friday night. They talked about a bunch of things: taking the show to Montreal next week, the cut-up nature of the show, and, inexplicably, skinny dipping. Kotb admitted she’d partaken in the past, when she worked in local news in Florida, but said it was dark outside and that no one would see. Leno jumped in: “You didn’t think anybody would see? Yeah, you and Chris Hansen… nobody will know… no one has a cell phone camera… you didn’t think you might get caught?”

Other than a gasp, Hoda and Kathie Lee went silent. Leno was referring to their NBC News colleague, Chris Hansen who is at the center of an ongoing National Enquirer story involving his personal life. TVSpy has been following the story of Hansen and Kristyn Caddell a reporter at West Palm Beach NBC affiliate WPTV.

> Update: Video after the jump…

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‘Dateline’ Tackles Pressing ‘Stolen Bike’ Crisis

Did you know that America is facing a crisis, and that crisis involves people getting their bicycles stolen? Tonight’s edition of “Dateline” on NBC is examining the issue in-depth. Chris Hansen puts his “To Catch a Predator” skill-set to use confronting bike thieves as part of the latest installment of “The Hansen Files.”

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Dateline’s Chris Hansen: ‘I’ve never experienced anything quite like it’

Dateline’s Chris Hansen — perhaps best known for his hidden camera “Predator” reports — takes crime reporting to a new level. As part of a 2-hour “Vegas Undercover” block, Hansen and “Dateline” cameras are on the scene from the moment Las Vegas Metropolitan Police receive a call to investigate a high-profile murder, to the discovery of the body in a Vegas suburb, to the ultimate capture of the killer.

“We’re there, in real time — from the missing persons report, to the identification of the victim, to the suspect’s confession,” Hansen tells TVNewser. “I’ve never experienced anything quite like it.”

The 2-hour “Dateline” airs tonight at 9pmET. Preview clip after the jump…

> Earlier: Chris Hansen on the Morning Media Menu

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NBC’s Chris Hansen Busts Homer Simpson

Homer Simpson got caught red-handed by NBC News correspondent Chris Hansen on “The Simpsons” last night. Homer’s father, Abe Simpson, left each member of the Simpson clan $50 to spend on whatever they wanted. Homer got the idea to purchase a bunch of items he couldn’t afford and then return them the next day.

But when he tried to follow through on his plot, Hansen busted him on “To Catch a Credit Whore.” The real, original Dateline series, “To Catch A Predator,” while tainted by controversy, has become popular enough to spawn other “To Catch a…” series including “To Catch a Con Man” and “To Catch an I.D. Thief.”

Video from the episode is after the jump.
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