Chris Hansen Wants You To Help Pay for 'To Catch a Predator'
It's been seven years since TV viewers last heard Chris Hansen utter those famous words as he confronted alleged pedophiles on Dateline NBC's To Catch a Predator.
Those words were "Why don't you have a seat over there?"
NBC News stopped producing To Catch a Predator in 2008.
Now, Hansen is back and has just launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money and revive the show. This time, under the title Hansen Vs. Predator.
Hansen told INSIDE EDITION's Les Trent, "I think enough time has gone by and the landscape has changed dramatically and there's a demand for it."
The Kickstarter campaign is trying to raise $75,000 to shoot the first episode of the series, which would air online.
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In its heyday, To Catch a Predator was a pop culture favorite and widely parodied on shows like The Simpsons and South Park. Hansen himself even appeared in one skit with former SNL star Cheri Oteri.
To Catch a Predator also came under fire for its methods. Hansen and his producing team would ambush alleged sexual predators who thought they were meeting up with underage minors they met in online chat rooms.
One Texas assistant district attorney actually killed himself after he feared he would appear on the show as an alleged pedophile.
Trent said, "There was always criticism by some who cried entrapment."
Hansen replied, "There's no entrapment here because the decoys just go into a chat room or whatever venue and they wait to be contacted. They never make the first contact and they don't raise the specter of sex, that's the potential predator who does that."
In 2011, the tables were turned somewhat when he found himself ambushed by the National Enquirer when the tabloid reported he was having an affair with a local TV reporter.
Trent asked, "Some people who looked at To Catch a Predator and said, 'Who's this guy on his high horse?' Who are you to have the moral high ground to go after these guys?"
Hansen responded, saying, "Well, I think there's a big difference between something you'd see in a tabloid and going after people who want to molest children."
Now, Chris Hansen hopes the public will help revive the show that was a predator's worst nightmare.