In tears at times, former WPTV-Channel 5 reporter Kristyn Caddell complains bitterly in an interview that Dateline NBC star Chris Hansen‘s career isn’t suffering from their affair while hers is in the crapper!
Caddell, 32, says Hansen and others in her entourage told her to shut up about the fling with the very married Hansen, who’s mostly known for his To Catch a Predator segments.
But two years after the Boca Raton-based National Enquirer caught her on a romantic dinner date with Hansen, Caddell tells Radar Online that she can’t get steady TV work because of her role as the mistress.
“For the past two years, I was told it’d be in my best interest not to say anything, let it blow over,” Caddell said. “. . . Chris told me as well it’d be in my best interest . . . Now, they (employers) don’t want to hire me because of the situation involving Chris Hansen.”
Indeed, Caddell mysteriously disappeared from the WPTV airwaves within weeks of the scandal, after being sent to cover the Treasure Coast. She turned up on a station in Seattle first, then Las Vegas, but neither gigs seemed permanent.
For her interview, Caddell provided the Los Angeles website with photos of her and Hansen, including one showing them making out and another of them on a boat.
About one minute into the four-minute chat, Caddell breaks down into tears, telling how she started in TV news as a photographer and worked her way to reporter “without connections.”
Caddell said she used “people’s couches” to sleep and made $8-an-hour as she tried to make it in TV news.
When she was finally hired by WPTV in 2010, Caddell said, she felt she had achieved her goal.
“And then, to essentially get taken down because of a man who has a lot of money and a lot of fame,” she says, “it’s not a good feeling.”
Caddell says she believed what Hansen allegedly told her: That his marriage to wife of 20 years Mary Joan was on its last leg. Hansen is still married.
“I was misled, I believed him and I cared about him,” Caddell says. “It was a mistake, made off the clock.”
Caddell says she went public because of what she described as the double standards in the TV industry.
Caddell wonders why Hansen, like hooker-loving ex-governor of New York Eliot Spitzer and sexting ex-U.S. Congressman Anthony Weiner, went through scandals but came out on top while the women were kicked to the curb.
“If I can’t work, he (Hansen) shouldn’t be able to work,” Caddell says. “I have lived the double standard. The women get fired, and the men keep going.
“My biggest crime was to be naive.”
WPTV General Manager Steve Wasserman declined comment.