Catt Sadler: I left E! because of a 'massive disparity in pay’ with male cohost

Catt Sadler explained Tuesday why she left E Entertainment Television, citing a “massive disparity in pay” with her unnamed “male co-host.”

In a statement on her official website, she wrote: “There was a massive disparity in pay between my similarly situated male co-host and myself. 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 appeared to be referring to her “E! News” and “E! News Weekend” co-host Jason Kennedy.

In her statement, Sadler said she and her team repeatedly “asked for what I know I deserve,” but were denied each time. Citing a “close friend and colleague” who started at the network the same time she did, Sadler said “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?”

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LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 04: Catt Sadler attends The Tot holiday pop-up celebration at Laduree at the Grove on December 4, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for The Tot)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 13: TV Personality Catt Sadler attends NBCUniversal's press junket at Beauty & Essex on November 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Entertainment reporters Jason Kennedy (L) and Catt Sadler arrive at NBCUniversal's Press Junket at Beauty & Essex on November 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
NEWPORT BEACH, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Catt Sadler attends the Fashion Island's StyleWeekOC Presented By SIMPLY on September 16, 2017 in Newport Beach, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Fashion Island's StyleWeekOC Presented By SIMPLY)
NEWPORT BEACH, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Catt Sadler attends the Fashion Island's StyleWeekOC Presented By SIMPLY on September 16, 2017 in Newport Beach, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Fashion Island's StyleWeekOC Presented By SIMPLY)
NEWPORT BEACH, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Catt Sadler attends the Fashion Island's StyleWeekOC Presented By SIMPLY on September 16, 2017 in Newport Beach, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Fashion Island's StyleWeekOC Presented By SIMPLY)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: Designer Rebecca Minkoff and Blogger Catt Sadler pose backstage for TRESemme at Rebecca Minkoff NYFW during New York Fashion Week on September 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for TRESemme)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08: Catt Sadler attends the 2017 Harper's Bazaar Icons at The Plaza Hotel on September 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Catt Sadler is seen attending Creatures of Comfort during New York Fashion Week wearing Tracy Reese on September 7, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Sperzel/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Justine Marjan and Catt Sadler pose backstage for TRESemme at Creatures of Comfort NYFW SS18 fashion show at Industria Studios on September 7, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for TRESemme)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 06: Co-host, E! News Catt Sadler attends the ELLE, E! & IMG Host A Celebration of Personal Style NYFW Kickoff Party at 5 Doyers St on September 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gonzalo Marroquin/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 05: TV personality Catt Sadler attends DIOR SS17 Collection Launch at Maxfield on April 5, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for CHRISTIAN DIOR)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 02: Catt Sadler arrives at the Daily Front Row's 3rd Annual Fashion Los Angeles Awards at the Sunset Tower Hotel on April 2, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Catt Sadler attends the launch of the Rosie HW x PAIGE Collection, hosted by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Paige Adams-Geller, at Ysabel on February 15, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for PAIGE )
VENICE, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Catt Sadler at the TommyLand Tommy Hilfiger Spring 2017 Fashion Show on February 8, 2017 in Venice, California. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for Tommy Hilfiger)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 10: Catt Sadler attends REVOLVE Winter Formal 2016 on November 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for REVOLVE)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 05: TV personality Catt Sadler attends the Simply Stylist New York Dinner presented by French Connectionon on November 5, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Simply Stylist)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 02: Catt Sadler arrives at the Who What Wear 10th Anniversary #WWW10 Experience on November 2, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 14: E news correspondant Catt Sadler seen around New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Skylight at Moynihan Station on September 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for New York Fashion Week: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 14: E! News correspondent Catt Sadler attends the Michael Kors Spring 2017 Runway Show at Spring Studios on September 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Michael Kors)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: E! Host Catt Sadler Seen Around September 2016 New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Skylight at Moynihan Station on September 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: Catt Sadler and make-up Charlotte Tilbury attend Charlotte Tilbury x Samsung at 837 Washington on September 10, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/Getty Images)
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“How can I accept an offer that shows they do not value my contributions and paralleled dedication all these years? How,” she continued, “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 also cited “countless brave women” who “have come forward this year to speak their truth,” adding “How can we make it better for the next generation of girls if we do not stand for what is fair and just today?”

Sadler announced her exit from E! on Monday; she joined the network in 2010. In addition to “E! News,” she also hosted several of E!’s “Live From the Red Carpet” shows, and was one of three hosts on the daytime talk show “Daily Pop,” which launched in May.

“We wish Catt Sadler all the best in her endeavors following her decision to leave ‘E! News,” the network said in a statement Monday confirming her departure.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Entertainment reporter Jason Kennedy arrives at NBCUniversal's Press Junket at Beauty & Essex on November 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 03: Jason Kennedy attends Mully Theatrical Premiere on October 3, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Mully)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 03: Rich Wilkerson Jr. and Jason Kennedy attend the premiere of Graceful Light Entertainment's 'Mully' at Regal LA Live Stadium 14 on October 3, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 21: TV personality Jason Kennedy attends the 2017 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 21, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 21: : TV personality Jason Kennedy attends the 2017 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 21, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
NBCUNIVERSAL UPFRONT EVENTS -- 2017 NBCUniversal Upfront in New York City on Monday, May 15, 2017 -- Red Carpet -- Pictured: (l-r) Zuri Hall, Jason Kennedy, 'E! News' on E! -- (Photo by: Cindy Ord/NBCUniversal/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NBCUNIVERSAL UPFRONT EVENTS -- 2017 NBCUniversal Upfront in New York City on Monday, May 15, 2017 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jason Kennedy, Zuri Hall, 'E! News'; and Kim Kardashian West, Khlo�Kardashian 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians' on E! Entertainment -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBCUniversal/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: Jason Kennedy attends the 2017 NBCUniversal Upfront at Radio City Music Hall on May 15, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 04: Adam Stotsky, Catt Sadler and Jason Kennedy attend P.S. ARTS' the pARTy! 2017 at NeueHouse Hollywood on May 4, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for P.S. Arts)
NBCUNIVERSAL UPFRONT -- '2016 NBCUniversal Upfront in New York City on Monday, May 16, 2016' -- Pictured: (l-r) Maria Menounos, Jason Kennedy, ?E! News? on E! Entertainment -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBCUniversal/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NBCUNIVERSAL UPFRONT -- '2016 NBCUniversal Upfront in New York City on Monday, May 16, 2016' -- -- Pictured: Jason Kennedy, 'E! News' on E! Entertainment -- (Photo by: Mike Coppola/NBCUniversal/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 22: TV personality Jason Kennedy attends the Generosity Water Launch at Montage Beverly Hills on March 22, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 06: Lauren Scruggs Kennedy and Jason Kennedy attend the 7th Annual 'Night of Generosity' Gala benefiting generosity.org at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on November 6, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 06: Entertainment reporter Jason Kennedy arrives at the 7th Annual 'Night Of Generosity' Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on November 6, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
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Read her full statement.

WHY I LEFT E ENTERTAINMENT TELEVISION

I know first hand that dreams do come true. For the past twelve years, I’ve been living mine out loud as one of the hosts on E television. For more than a decade I’ve walked through the doors at E and traveled into people’s living rooms around the world. I’ve reported from a royal wedding, the Olympics, and the Oscars. I’ve been to film festivals in France, movie premieres in Rio, and fashion week in Paris. I’ve gotten chased by the paparazzi on camera while shopping with Kris Jenner, co-hosted shows with Khloe, Kim and Kourtney, and interviewed Kendall and Kylie back in those early Keeping Up days when no one could remember their names. It has been unpredictable, intoxicating, rewarding and hard work. Five days a week since February 2006. First, for The Daily 10 and later for E News.

Then, this year happened. Daily Pop was born. I was named host which meant double duty. Hosting a live, two-hour daytime show while also hosting E News most nights. It was creatively challenging but genuinely one of the most fulfilling years of my professional career. 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. 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.

Information is power. Or it should be. We are living in a new era. The gender pay gap is shrinking, although admittedly we have a long way to go. And well, I learned this first hand. My team and I asked for what I know I deserve and were denied repeatedly.

Know your worth. 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. 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? 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?

It’s scary. I am a single mother of two boys. The unknown can be terrifying, but it can also be the most beautiful gift. Countless brave women have come forward this year to speak their truth. Females refuse to remain silent on issues that matter most because without our voices, how will we invoke lasting change? How can we make it better for the next generation of girls if we do not stand for what is fair and just today?

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. Everyone from the studio crew, hair and makeup artists, to the security at the front door are true friends of mine. They have been my work family and I love them dearly. Unfortunately, however, my decision was made for me and I must go.

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.

It was important for me to explain my departure. I did not want to disappear from your television screens and have you wonder why. Thank you for your precious time all these years. Thank you for the support. Thank you for the constant exchange of ideas on social media as well. This chapter is over and a new one begins.

Big big love,
Catt

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