Catt Sadler confirmed that she left “E! News” over a pay dispute after the host found out that she was paid less than cohost Jason Kennedy.
The host, who was with the network for over ten years, announced her departure in a series of tweets. “It’s true. Today will be my last day on #DailyPop and @enews. I hope you’ll tune in so I can thank you for the memories. I love you guys SO much it hurts.”
— catt sadler (@IAmCattSadler) December 19, 2017
Sadler said that the reason behind her departure was the “massive disparity in pay” between her and Kennedy, after it was brought to her attention by an executive. “More recently, when E reached out to renew and extend my deal, I learned that he wasn’t just making a little more than I was. In fact, he was making close to double my salary for the past several years,” Sadler confirmed on her blog, TheCattWalk.
— catt sadler (@IAmCattSadler) December 20, 2017
“The gender pay gap is shrinking, although admittedly we have a long way to go. And well, I learned this first hand. My team and I asked for what I know I deserve and were denied repeatedly,” she said. “Know your worth. I have two decades experience in broadcasting and started at the network the very same year as my close friend and colleague that I adore. I so lovingly refer to him as my ‘tv husband’ and I mean it. But how can I operate with integrity and stay on at E if they’re not willing to pay me the same as him? Or at least come close? How can I accept an offer that shows they do not value my contributions and paralleled dedication all these years? How can I not echo the actions of my heroes and stand for what is right no matter what the cost? How can I remain silent when my rights under the law have been violated?”
She added: “I will find more work. I will create content with meaning. I will continue to pursue my passions while making my children proud. The way I see it, I have an obligation to be an agent for change.”
The host received the support from stars such as Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence. Lawrence herself is no stranger to the issue of pay disparity. The Oscar winner opened up in a “Lenny Letter” essay, about her own experience with the gender pay gap when she worked in David O. Russell’s “American Hustle.”
— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) December 20, 2017
E! sent an official statement that said: “E! compensates employees fairly and appropriately based on their roles, regardless of gender. We appreciate Catt Sadler’s many contributions at E! News and wish her all the best following her decision to leave the network.”
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