Defends Catt Sadler's pay gap: 'There is a lot of misinformation'

Laverne Higgins
January 10, 2018

E! chief Frances Berwick confirmed a difference in salaries between Sadler and Kennedy during a Television Critics Association panel Tuesday, but attributed the pay gap to a difference in roles. She said that once she learned of the disparity, she and her team asked for the salary that she knew she "deserved" and "were denied repeatedly". "Catt was focused on daytime; Jason Kennedy is on prime evening news, plus red carpet". Our employee's salaries are based on their roles and their expertise regardless of gender. "We wish Catt well so I hope that sort of sets the record straight on that".

She explained that a quote is the highest someone has ever been paid and can use as a bargaining tool when it comes to negotiations. Entertainment Television, said she left the network after learning that her male co-host, Jason Kennedy, made "close to double" her salary for almost two years.

"How can I accept an offer that shows they do not value my contributions and paralleled dedication all these years?..."

E! initially responded to Sadler in December by saying the network "compensates employees fairly and appropriately based on their roles, regardless of gender". Her reason for leaving came when she found out that co-host Jason Kennedy was receiving twice her pay and the network refused to increase hers. "We stand with you, Catt".

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Debra Messing recently called out the network for the pay dispute during an interview for E! on the red carpet at the Golden Globes.

Rancic did her best to recover from the awkward interaction. "I miss Catt Sadler, and we stand with her".

According to an US Weekly source, the female journalist made "about $600,000 per year", while her male counterpart raked in "around $1 million a year, maybe $1.2 million". While speaking to E! correspondent Giuliana Rancic, Messing pivoted the conversation from her support of Time's Up to Sadler's alleged situation.

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