E! is defending the pay gap that led to the departure of E! News host Catt Sadler.
E! chief Frances Berwick (president of Lifestyle Networks at NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment) told reporters at the Television Critics Association’s press tour in Pasadena, California, on Tuesday that slams of the network were not deserved —
and that outsiders were operating from a lack of information.
“There is a lot of misinformation out there,” Berwick said. “Catt Sadler and Jason Kennedy had different roles and therefore different salaries. Catt was focused on daytime. Jason Kennedy is on primetime evening news, plus red carpet. Our employee’s salaries are based on their roles and their expertise regardless of gender. We wish Catt well, but I hope that sets the record straight on that.”
Sadler left the network after reportedly discovering a “massive” disparity between her and colleague Jason Kennedy’s salary. During Sunday’s Golden Globes red carpet pre-show, E! was called out by actresses Debra Messing, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Eva Longoria live on the network. “I was so shocked to hear t