E! co-host leaves jobs after finding out she makes half as much as male co-star

E! News host Catt Sadler has left the network over a gender wage gap disparity. Sadler learned that her male co-host made significantly more than she did – almost twice as much.

Sadler was recently named co-host of Daily Pop in addition to her role on E! News, and realized around the same time that her salary was disproportionate to her male colleague's. (She is likely referring to Daily Pop co-host Jason Kennedy, thought she doesn't name him). 

"The gender pay gap is shrinking, although admittedly we have a long way to go," Sadler wrote in a statement about her exit. "And well, I learned this first hand. My team and I asked for what I know I deserve and were denied repeatedly." 

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Mike Myers (“The Gong Show”) - $3 million
Jamie Foxx (“Beat Shazam”) - $ 3 million
Alec Baldwin (“Match Game”) - $3 million

Hoda Kotb (“Today”) - $7 million 

Ryan Seacrest (“American Idol”) - $12 million
Conan O’Brien (“Conan”) - $12 million
David Letterman (Untitled Netflix Interview Show) - $12 million

Anderson Cooper (CNN) - $12 million
George Stephanopoulos (ABC News) - $15 million
Ryan Seacrest (“Live with Kelly & Ryan”) - $15 million
Pat Sajak (“Wheel of Fortune”) - $15 million
Jimmy Kimmel (“Jimmy Kimmel Live!”) - $15 million
Stephen Colbert (“The Late Show”) - $15 million
Jimmy Fallon (“The Tonight Show”) - $16 million
Robin Roberts (“Good Morning America”) - $18 million
Megyn Kelly (NBC News) - $18 million
Kelly Ripa (“Live with Kelly & Ryan”) - $22 million
Katy Perry (“American Idol”) - $25 million
Judith Sheindlin (“Judge Judy”) - $47 million
Ellen DeGeneres (“The Ellen DeGeneres Show”) - $50 million

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Sadler said it was difficult to break with the network after 12 years but that she felt compelled to after witnessing the way women stood strong in 2017 (in Hollywood and beyond).

"But how can I operate with integrity and stay on at E if they’re not willing to pay me the same as him?" She said of her co-host and her inner conflict. "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?"

Read Sadler's full statement, via her official website.

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