Catt Sadler, a long-lasting E! News host has declared that she’s leaving the network after over 10 years due to a “massive” pay inequality with her male cohost. In the wake of discovering that Jason Kennedy earned nearly twice as much as her, Catt decided that working for her dream job wasn’t sufficient to make her remain.
In a statement published on her site on Tuesday, December 19th, Catt writes that she endeavored to arrange the terms of her new contract, however, the system declined to pay her what she believed she deserved.
“Information is supposed to be power and when my team began negotiations knowing what we knew, that was the barometer in which I expected to be paid, based on the law and based on what I know to be fair. And what I believe in my heart of hearts is reasonable,” she wrote.
“How can I operate with integrity and stay on at [E!] if they’re not willing to pay me the same as him?” she continued. “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?”
I couldn’t let today get away without wishing one of my best friends in the world a Happy Happy Birthday. @thejasonkennedy, you are a true class act and one of the finest humans I know. I’m so grateful our paths led us to E more than a decade ago. What a gift to be your tv partner in crime but also gain a friend for life. You’re the best, JK! 🎈
In any case, there is still love between Sadler and Kennedy. She went ahead to praise him, stating that the pay gap isn’t his fault.
“Jason Kennedy is one of my best friends in the whole wide world. He is like a brother to me. And in no way do I want this to reflect poorly on him. He’s devastated, I think, and I think he believes that this is a great loss for the network. He does not want to see me go.”
“He isn’t the problem — the system’s the problem, the structure’s the problem,” Sadler added.
Kennedy additionally tweeted a farewell message to Sadler on her last day, writing that he will miss his long-term costar.
— Jason Kennedy (@JasonKennedy1) December 19, 2017
Sadler is the most recent speaker to talk about the gender wage gap. Previously, performing artists like Jennifer Lawrence, Robin Wright, and Amy Adams have likewise uncovered that they’ve been paid altogether not as much as their male costars.
Following Sadler’s declaration, E! News shielded its representative wage structure in an announcement to People.com.
“E! compensates employees fairly and appropriately based on their roles, regardless of gender,” the statement reads. “We appreciate Catt Sadler’s many contributions at E! News and wish her all the best following her decision to leave the network.”
Notwithstanding what occurs next, there’s no doubt as far as we can say that Sadler will go ahead to do astonishing things, and we can hardly wait.