This TV Host Found Out Her Male Colleague Made Nearly Double What She Did — So She Quit

"Know your worth."

The fight for equal pay for women in the workplace has yet to be won, and one E! host just highlighted that fact for the entertainment world. Catt Sadler, who has been at the network for more than a decade, left after alleging co-host Jason Kennedy "made close to double my salary for the past several years."


In an emotional post on her website, Sadler opens up about how working for E! has been a dream come true, looking back on all the highs she experienced throughout the past 12 years, leading to her pulling double duty with E! News and Daily Pop. Though it was "creatively challenging but genuinely one of the most fulfilling years of my professional career," it came to Sadler's attention from an E! executive that there was a pay discrepancy with her co-host, who started the same year she did.

"Information is power. Or it should be. We are living in a new era," Sadler wrote, explaining that she and her team asked for "what I know I deserve and were denied repeatedly." Though Kennedy is referred to as her "tv husband," she made the decision to leave and stand up for herself. Sadler's advice? "Know your worth."

Knowing one's worth, especially as a woman in Hollywood, is something other female celebrities have been speaking out about. Folks from Jennifer Lawrence to Kristen Bell and Mila Kunis — plus many more — have considered this a major issue facing the industry. Elsewhere, though, places such as the BBC have been open about salaries of talent and we have even seen Aussie radio hosts fight together to close the wage gap.

The 43-year-old asked how she would be able to remain in a place that didn't deem it necessary to compensate her the same as someone in a similar situation but just of a different gender. "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 asked, calling herself "an agent for change."

Despite being a mother of two and admittedly not having another gig lined up — a position of privilege Sadler seems well aware of — she talks about how women have come forward this year to speak their truths and not keep quiet. All of this, Sadler points out, is to "invoke lasting change" and to "make it better for the next generation of girls."

It's important for us to mention that E! has issued a statement to People disputing what Sadler claims. 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."

When it comes to equal pay for equal work — despite gender — it seems we still have a long way to go. That said, if more people like Sadler speak out, take action, and don't allow themselves to be mistreated, there's always hope for change.


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