Catt Sadler returns to television for the first time since E! and announces new gig on The View
Catt Sadler dished on The View why she left E! Entertainment and her plans for the future.
Catt Sadler returned to television for the first time since leaving E! Entertainment after she found out that she was earning half as much as co-host Jason Kennedy, and shared her side of the story on The View.
She said that she found out about the pay disaprity just as she was taking on new responsibilities and a larger workload, venting, "That just hurts, especially when you've been somewhere for twelve years, and you work your tail off."
Joy Behar asked Catt, "You had the same, exact job that he (Kennedy) had, right?" Catt replied, "Exact is subjective, but yes. I mean, we were on same show E! News as fixtures most nights, we started at the same time twelve years ago, we had the same, for all intents and purposes, experience, skill sets, same public profile."
She continued, "For me, it was really apples to apples, and that's why I just felt so strong in my conviction that what was happening was an injustice. And that's why I felt very compelled to fight for what was right at the time, and I thought that they were going to do the right thing, and at the end they did not."
When asked by Joy Behar if she had threatened to leave if she were not compensated adequately, Catt said that she had and that, "They didn't think I would... I think the perspective was 'A 43-year-old mom of two, been here how many years, she ain't gonna walk, where's she going?'"
Sunny Hostin then read out a statement by E! President, Frances Berwick, that said "There is a lot of misinformation out there. 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 employees' 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."
Catt replied, "I didn't even have to defend myself after that statement because it's like 'I'm pretty sure we saw Catt on the nighttime show, too.'"
She said, "It was almost like that statement was discarding me, to be honest. It was hurtful when I read that."
Meghan McCain then went on to show a clip featuring a host of celebrities who had come forward in support of Catt's decision to leave E! over unfair pay. Joy asked Catt if she had a back up plan, and she replied, "I certainly planned well, and I am going to work again, thank God." She said, "I knew I had two mouths to feed, and this might go one of two ways... How long could I go without the next cheque?"
Catt then went on to reveal, "I've got some things in the works from a development standpoint, but I do have a job at the Oscars! I'm returning to the red carpet for the Vanity Fair Oscars Party."
The Vanity Fair Oscar party will be held on Sunday, March 4, at Beverly Hills.
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