Chris Hansen got the Chris Hansen treatment, sort of, when Connecticut cops confronted him and then busted him … for bouncing checks.
The former host of “To Catch a Predator” was arrested Monday in Stamford for larceny. Cops say he failed to pay a local vendor nearly $ 13,000 for stuff he’d purchased in 2017 … and allegedly gave the guy the run-around with 2 bounced checks.
According to Stamford PD, Chris bought 355 mugs, 288 T-shirts and 650 vinyl decals from a mom-and-pop shop in town for marketing events he planned to attend. The owner says the goods were delivered, but Chris bailed on his $ 12,998.05 tab.
The owner says after the first check bounced, he threatened to go to cops. Chris allegedly offered to make 4 partial payments, but the owner rejected that deal.
Chris then bounced a second check, and begged for more time. The owner claims emailed Chris said he was selling his boat to come up with the cash, but a check — a good one — never came … and a warrant was issued for Chris’ arrest.
He turned himself in Monday, and was booked and released from jail.
Jeff Bezos was having a relationship with former “So You Think You Can Dance” host Lauren Sanchez, and according to the National Enquirer, that’s what ended his marriage.
Sources closely connected with Lauren and her estranged husband, William Morris Endeavor mega-agent Patrick Whitesell, tell TMZ Lauren was indeed “seeing” Bezos in the later part of 2018. The sources add Sanchez and Whitesell separated last summer and are in the process of divorcing, and her relationship with Bezos did not begin until after her separation.
Same goes for Bezos. We’re told he and MacKenzie were also separated when he and Lauren started hooking up.
We’re told both Patrick and MacKenzie have known about the relationship for months.
Our sources add, Jeff and MacKenzie have known Lauren and Patrick as good friends for 10 years. Lauren and Patrick have a home in the Seattle area — where Jeff and MacKenzie live — and they spend a lot of time there, especially in the summer.
Lauren is an accomplished pilot of helicopters and planes, and a lot of time in the air up there. She owns a helicopter and production company.
And sources tell us, the relationship between Sanchez, who also hosted “Extra,” is not “fleeting.” It is still going on strong.
So, Kevin Hart saying there IS a chance he’ll host the Oscars this year … is one way to take what he just told us in NYC.
We got Kevin leaving an Equinox Tuesday in NYC, and asked him where’s the smart money going IF you’re inclined to wager on whether he returns to the Oscars hosting gig. It’s the obvious question after he issued a very direct apology Monday to the LGBTQ community for his homophobic remarks in the past.
You gotta see Kevin’s response — he used the word “slim” to describe the chances he’ll host, BUT … he also said a lot of complimentary things about the Motion Picture Academy.
One thing’s clear … if it doesn’t happen this year, Kevin’s open to hosting the big show sometime in the future.
But again … he’s NOT totally ruling it out for this year.
Brian Dunkleman — the former co-host of “American Idol” — is now making a living as an Uber driver.
Dunkleman is in the middle of a divorce with Kalea Dunkleman. He submitted financial docs — obtained by TMZ — disclosing his occupation as “Uber driver.” He says he started the job in March 2016 and continued to this day.
Brian says he works about 45 hours a week and pulls in around $ 800 a week.
Dunkleman says he has $ 2,000 in his checking account. He pays $ 1,500 in rent per month and his expenses total $ 1,605 each month.
Brian, who co-hosted with Ryan Seacrest in season 1, says his 5-year-old son, Jackson, lives with him half the week.
The divorce has been dragging on for more than 2 years and the former couple has been locked in a bitter custody battle. He claimed Kalea was an out-of-control alcoholic who was a danger to their son. Brian also claimed she physically abused him. She claimed Brian was physically abusive toward her and called her a “useless bitch.”