Showing their support! Stars including Olivia Munn and Jennifer Lawrence have taken to social media to praise Catt Sadler amid her exit from E! News over a pay gap between herself and cohost Jason Kennedy. Us Weekly exclusively revealed on December 19 that Sadler was leaving the network over a pay dispute after learning there was a significant difference in her and Kennedy’s respective salaries. Shortly after, the television personality elaborated on the decision in a blog post on her website. “There was a massive disparity in pay between my similarly situated male co-host and myself,” she wrote. “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.”
Frances Berwick, president of NBCU Cable Entertainment’s lifestyle networks, denied that Sadler was paid less because of gender at the Television Critics Association press tour on January 9, explaining: “Jason Kennedy and Catt Sadler had different roles, and therefore different salaries. Catt was focused on daytime; Jason Kennedy is on prime evening news, plus red carpet. Our employees’ salaries are based on their roles and their expertise, regardless of gender.”
Scroll down to see how stars are speaking out in support of Sadler.