Kristyn Caddell, the WPTV-Channel 5 reporter ensnared in a National Enquirer sting that outed her in June as Dateline star Chris Hansen‘s mistress, has quietly disappeared from the no-nonsense station.
Whether the sexy 31-year-old Caddell was fired or resigned is unclear, and it’s not station General Manager Steve Wasserman who’ll tell.
“She’s no longer with the station as of Dec. 1,” Wasserman said. “We don’t comment on the reasons for comings and goings.”
On the QT, several of Caddell‘s former colleagues said they first heard of the departure two weeks ago when they received a memo from Wasserman.
“She kept it close to the vest,” said one. “She didn’t want to tell me where she was going but she seemed pretty happy about it.”
Caddell, a Tampa native, arrived at the NBC affiliate in 2009 after a stint in Knoxville, Tenn. Her first few months were uneventful if not unspectacular. But she made national news in June when the Boca Raton-based National Enquirer turned the tables on Hansen.
Hansen, a married 52-year-old dad of two, made a name for himself running sting operations for the controversial To Catch a Predator segments on the NBC newsshow Dateline. Posing as underage boys and girls online, Hansen would make “dates” with alleged pedophiles and show up with camera crews.
In June, a team of Enquirer reporters took a page from his playbook and tailed Hansen to the Ritz-Carlton in Manalapan. There, shutterbugs photographed his intimate dinner with Caddell. After dessert, they followed Hansen and Caddell back to her Palm Beach apartment. He reportedly emerged in the morning wearing the same clothes he did the night before.
The stint may have cost Hansen a prized promotion. Dateline anchorwoman Ann Curry left in the summer. Although Hansen was believed to have the inside track for the gig, it went to Lester Holt.
Caddell couldn’t be reached for comment. She took down her Facebook page and Twitter account.