Catt made headlines everywhere when she decided to quit E! News after learning her co-anchor Jason Kennedy was earning “double” her salary. Now, Megyn wants to have her on the show to talk about the scandal. The only problem is, NBCUniversal (the parent company of NBC) owns E! Network. Awkward!
“They are appalled [Megyn] would use their own airtime to criticize the company,” an insider told Page Six. “It was bad enough when Debra Messing weighed in on [Catt’s grievance] on the Golden Globes red carpet on NBC. Now Megyn is going to put Catt front and center — on NBC! Yikes.”
On Dec. 19, Catt shared via her blog The Catt Walk why she decided to leave the entertainment industry with a long post. “I know firsthand 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… 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,” she wrote.
“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,” Catt continued. “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.”
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I couldn’t let today get away without wishing one of my best friends in the world a Happy Happy Birthday. @thejasonkennedy, you are a true class act and one of the finest humans I know. I’m so grateful our paths led us to E more than a decade ago. What a gift to be your tv partner in crime but also gain a friend for life. You’re the best, JK! 🎈
Her statement, of course, sparked a lot of media attention, with E! Boss Frances Berwick saying, “Kennedy and Catt Sadler had different roles, and therefore different salaries.” Catt denied the statement.
This all comes after a rough few months on Today. On top of Megyn’s sinking ratings and awkward interviews with stars like Debra Messing and Jane Fonda, one of the show’s biggest faces, Matt Lauer, was fired after sexual harassment allegations.