Catt Sadler Quits 'E! News' Due to Huge Pay Disparity with Male Co-Host
Sadler abruptly quit her double hosting duties in the midst of recent contract renewals, when she discovered that her male co-host Jason Kennedy was making nearly double her salary for the past several years.
Both on-air personalities started at the network in 2006, and in a blog post detailing her decision to leave E!, Sadler described her male co-worker as "similarly situated" professionally. Sadler also claimed that she and her team asked for her salary to match Kennedy's, but the request was denied.
A portion of the aforementioned blog post reads:
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?
Sadler continued to express her ongoing desire to "create content with meaning," pursue her passions and "be an agent for change," before thanking fans for their support.
Sadler made her final appearance on E! News last night (December 19), and she and Kennedy have since both shared goodbye messages on social media.
You've all got me crying like a baby. I'm reading every single message. I will respond to them all after I make it through this difficult day. I love you so much and your words are providing me so much comfort. xx— catt sadler (@IAmCattSadler) December 19, 2017
See you on @enews later this eve with my friend @JasonKennedy1
A representative for E!, meanwhile, issued a statement to People regarding Sadler's departure. It reads: "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."