The World Poker Tour has blocked Shana Hiatt from accepting a reporting gig with
The 31-year-old Hiatt, who served as hostess for the World Poker Tour during its first three seasons, was reportedly NBC‚Äôs top choice to replace Head’s Up post-match reporter Kathryn Tappen. Tappen departed NBC last month to assume weekend anchor duties at New England sports network, NESN.
Around that time, NBC contacted Hiatt about the job. She told NBC to first get permission from her old bosses, as the WPT apparently still has her under contract and maintains some control over her rights. And even though Hiatt has not worked for the popular Travel Channel show since the WPT World Championship III in 2005, and
Formerly married to James Van Patten, brother of WPT co-host Vince, Hiatt had a successful modeling career, including an appearance in Playboy’s "The Girls of Hawaiian Tropic: Naked in Paradise" video, as well as some small movie roles, prior to joining the WPT as hostess in 2003. Hiatt eventually left the WPT for personal reasons in 2005 and had no interest in returning to the show.
But we were told Hiatt recently decided to get back into the televised poker scene. With NBC as a willing and wanting partner, ‚Äúit was a natural fit,‚Äù our source said.
Unfortunately for her, the WPT didn’t see it that way.
Wicked Chops Poker contacted both the WPT and NBC for comment, and our calls were not returned in time for publishing. If we do receive responses from either company, we will post them on the site.
UPDATED: Shana Sues the World Poker Tour.