NBC denies Catt Sadler was paid less because of her gender

NBC is disputing reports that Catt Sadler was paid less than E! cohost Jason Kennedy because of her gender.

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“Jason Kennedy and Catt Sadler had different roles, and therefore different salaries,” Frances Berwick, president of NBCU Cable Entertainment’s lifestyle networks told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour on Tuesday, January 9. “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. So we wish Catt well, but I hope that sets the record straight on that.”

Us Weekly exclusively revealed that Sadler left E! after 12 years with the network when she learned that Kennedy had been paid significantly more than her for the past several years, although the two started at the company in the same year.

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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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Following her departure, many actresses, including Debra Messing and Sarah Jessica Parker, spoke up for the former host at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, January 7. The next day, Sadler took to her Instagram Story to thank them for defending her.

“To the sisterhood of strong women using their voices on my behalf — I’m humbled, grateful, and beyond inspired by your relentless pursuing of what’s fair for ALL women,” she wrote. “I salute you, love you, and miss you too. #TimesUp.” 

Sadler confirmed she had left E! over a pay dispute in a post on her website on December 20. “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,” she wrote in part at the time. “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?”

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