Catt Sadler is standing by her original assertion: that there was a major pay disparity between her and Jason Kennedy, her E! co-host.
The TV personality left the network in December after learning of the gap, and executives at E! responded to her departure by standing by the salaries they pay their employees.
“There is a lot of misinformation out there,” Frances Berwick, president of Lifestyle Networks at NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, told reporters earlier this week. Berwick explained that according to E!, Sadler and Kennedy had “different roles and therefore different salaries.” She said, “We wish Catt well, but I hope that sets the record straight on that.”
Now, Sadler is sharing her thoughts on E!’s stance in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter published Wednesday.
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Sadler also shared what it’s been like to watch Hollywood stars like Debra Messing, Natalie Portman, and Eva Longoria defend her on live TV. They did so during E!’s coverage of the 2018 Golden Globes.
“These are women who have watched E! and have been interviewed by me for years. To witness them organically coming to my defense was truly touching,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “This isn’t a case of simply being underpaid, it’s about the gross disparity between two similarly situated equals at the network.”
Other stars have reached out to her as well.
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Sadler explained she’s currently in talks with “powerful women in high places” to see what’s next—she’d like to focus on stories that “inspire change”—and also revealed what her two sons thought of the situation. She first told her oldest son, who is 16.
“I told him, very clearly, why I may not stay and why I would choose to leave if push came to shove. His immediate response was, ‘That’s not fair. That doesn’t make sense.’ He gets it. They both get it. My children are amazing and they’re supportive,” she said. “They are my biggest cheerleaders. They told me, ‘Mom, be brave, you got this.’ They know the short-term sacrifice and we are making some shifts in our lifestyle just to be safe, and they understand. They are me everything.”