Former co-host of E! News, Catt Sadler, 43 , says her decision on quitting the E! Network is due to a large pay gap compared to a male co-host.
Sadler co-anchored the program with Jason Kennedy, 36, who was also a co-host for the network’s live show Daily Pop.
Catt wrote her on her website ‘The Catt Walk‘ of the massive disparity in pay between her and her male co-host.
“Coincidentally, around this same time 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,” she writes. “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 said she asked for what she deserved and was told no.
“It was my desire to stay at my job. To continue entertaining our loyal viewers around the world. To keep working alongside some of the best writers, directors, and producers in the game,” she says. “Unfortunately, however, my decision was made for me and I must go.”
“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,” she says. “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?”
Sadler doesn’t directly refer to Kennedy in her post, she told People magazine she does not blame him for the disparity in pay.
“It’s important that people don’t vilify him because he isn’t the problem — the system’s the problem, the structure’s the problem,” she says. “And I really do mean that. Because that’s been a hard part of this whole thing because I love him dearly. And to be honest, he has been such a champion for me in every sense. But it’s not his decision.”
Catt says she will continue to pursue her passions moving forward.
“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,” she says.