Catt Sadler denies that E! co-host Jason Kennedy worked harder
Catt Sadler insists she earned her salary.
The former E! News host pushed back against an NBC executive who said that she was paid less than co-host Jason Kennedy for doing less work.
“My experience, frustration and disparity was based on Jason Kennedy and myself being apples to apples. We came to the network at the same time and did similar jobs,” Sadler told the Hollywood Reporter.
“For people to use the argument that Giuliana (Rancic) somehow made more money than Jason, that comparison doesn’t work. They’re apples and oranges. She joined before him, she was managing editor, she had multiple shows on the network.”
Sadler left E! in late December after learning that Kennedy, who co-hosted “Daily Pop” with her, was paid almost twice as much as her.
“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,” she wrote on her website.
NBC, however, denied that the pay gap was gender-related.
“Jason Kennedy and Catt Sadler had different roles, and therefore different salaries,” Frances Berwick, president of NBCU Cable Entertainment’s lifestyle networks, said at the Television Critics Association press tour Tuesday.
“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.”