Megyn Kelly battling NBC execs who are 'appalled' she wants to book Catt Sadler on show: Report

Megyn Kelly is ruffling some NBC peacock feathers this week.

Behind-the-scenes, Kelly is battling NBCUniversal executives who don't want her to book former "E! News" anchor Catt Sadler as a guest on "Megyn Kelly Today," Page Six reports. Sadler unexpectedly left her job in December 2017 alleging a massive pay difference between herself and a male colleague in a similar role.

The E! network is owned by NBCUniversal, and executives "are appalled [Kelly] would use their own airtime to criticize the company."

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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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Kelly has encouraged an ongoing conversation and sexual harassment and workplace sexism, continually booking guests to share their stories. After the Harvey Weinstein story broke in late 2017, she brought on several of his alleged victims to detail their experiences.

At the Golden Globes earlier this month, Sadler's sudden exit was a recurring conversation topic on the red carpet -- to the presumed chagrin of "E! News" correspondents Giuliana Rancic and Ryan Seacrest, who were caught off-guard live on air.

Debra Messing, who stars on NBC's "Will and Grace," told Rancic she was "shocked" by the pay disparity, adding, "I miss Catt Sadler."

The moment quickly went viral on Twitter -- watch it below.

 

 

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