E! News presenter Catt Sadler has left the network as it has emerged that her counterpart Jason Kennedy was earning almost double what she was. Sadler did initially make attempts to renegotiate her contract but it didn't make a difference.
Writing on her personal blog The Catt Walk, Sadler said, "My team and I asked for what I know I deserve and were denied repeatedly."
Sadler hosted the two-hour live daytime show Daily Pop as well as E! News. She went on to say, "An executive from E brought something alarming to my attention - namely, that there was a massive disparity in pay between my similarly situated male co-host and myself. 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."
The host said she had no bad feelings towards Kennedy following her decision, "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… 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?"
An E! spokesperson told People, "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."
Sadler hosted her final show on Tuesday (December 19th) and tweeted:
— catt sadler (@IAmCattSadler) December 19, 2017
While Jason Kennedy posted the below:
— Jason Kennedy (@JasonKennedy1) December 19, 2017