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E! Exec Clears Up Catt Sadler Salary Stories

E! Exec Clears Up Catt Sadler Salary Stories

An executive at E! is opening up about the disparity in Catt Sadler and Jason Kennedy‘s salaries.

Frances Berwick, the president of NBCUniversal Cable’s Lifestyle Networks, spoke to reporters at the network’s panel at the 2018 Winter TCA Press Tour on Tuesday (January 9).

“There is a lot of misinformation out there,” she said (via TheWrap). “Catt Sadler and Jason Kennedy had different roles and therefore different salaries.”

Catt was focused on daytime, Jason Kennedy is on prime evening news and the red carpet,” she added. “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.”

Catt left the network in December after she discovered a “massive disparity in pay” between her and Jason. At the Golden Globes, several celebrities called out E! for not paying Catt equally to her male co-star.

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  • cutitout

    Makes sense. You can be a receptionist for 25 years but you will never make as much as the anchor of the nightly news at your network.

  • Natalia Rodriguez

    She was the co-host at E! News next to Jason, she too covered the red carpet. They shared the same TV time and were co-hosts working alongside together. Pure BS

  • Maria M.

    The fact that the president of NBC is a woman proves that there is no male chauvinist conspiracy to pay women less. Those are strictly business decisions.

  • Ausangel01

    Of course his pay was higher he did/does more at the Network both on and off screen. Co-hosting their one show together was all Cat did, Jason has so many other responsibilities at E! and other roles so why doesn’t he deserve to be paid more?

  • Adamdraps

    She was not only side by side next to Jason Kennedy on prime time and the red carpet, she was also on a different live, 2 hour long show before the main show. She also has been with E when Jason was still in high school. So she not had more experience but also had more responsibility than Jason.

  • Adamdraps

    Yup! Not only that but she was on a 2 hour show at noon before the main show! She also has been with E when Jason was still in high school. She not
    had more experience but also had more responsibility than Jason.

  • Adamdraps

    Not only was Catt Sadler on the main show right next to Jason and on the red carpets, she was also on a different live, 2 hour show at noon before
    the main show at 7. She also has been with E when Jason was still in high
    school. So she not had more experience but also had more responsibility
    than Jason.

  • Ausangel01

    Okay, so she worked a Daytime show as well, great for her well done. But everybody knows that Daytime doesn’t pay as well or rate as well as a show at night on Prime time.

    Jason, deserves to be paid what he’s being paid and to undermine his contributions to the Network and his accomplishments isn’t right. If Cat had a problem with her pay then she should have handled it in a professional manner, but she decided to throw a tantrum and took to social media and said nothing whilst poor Jason was being brutalised online and in the media.

  • Domino

    You mean except for when she said numerous times that he supports her and is not responsible? If you keep shifting your argument every time your proven wrong its hard to take you seriously. That you’re trying to make him out to be the victim here is laughable yet not surprising.

  • Liz

    She was on the network for more hours in a single day than him. How does that mean she should make less???

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    I love when Hollywood go at each others’ throats.

  • plez

    If my memory is correct Jason was on prime time longer than Catt. Catt did not take over until the lady with the tumor left. Jason also did many interviews and specials. Catt sometimes did the primetime show but it was not her main assignment unlike with Jason. It just recently that she has become the main partner in the primetime show.

  • persononhere

    right. under most circumstances the secretary will have no advanced education and the anchor will. and they are doing drastically different jobs. education and degrees do make a difference in some types of comparisons, but when they are completely equal positions it shouldn’t matter.

  • persononhere

    maybe behind the scenes she did less and he did more. just because 2 people have the same job from the outside look/title it doesn’t mean they are doing the same exact tasks. some people are assigned more duties based on education or experience. maybe she didn’t have it.

  • Liz

    I agree. It’s getting to a point where people feel like they’re entitled to things because of either their gender or their race. Look at what’s going on with the movie industry right now. People throwing a hissy fit b/c women aren’t recognized in the directing category. Maybe your work isn’t good enough to get nominated. And actresses stating they don’t get paid as much as their male leads. Maybe you have a supporting role, and the man is the lead in the movie, maybe you aren’t as banklable as the male costars.

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  • Adamdraps

    Yes,as in addition to being on Prime time. So she was doing more plus was with the company longer.

  • Ausangel01

    Then why did Jason’s own wife come out and say the treatment her husband is receiving isn’t fair? She also said that she wasn’t happy that Kat didn’t defend Jason in the first place and waited too long to say he wasn’t too blame.

    Kat could have said that Jason wasn’t too blame when she first decided to post, but she didn’t I wonder why?

  • Ausangel01

    Kat’s own words, “We came to the network at the same time and did similar jobs. ”

    End quote.

    Not the same jobs but similar – there’s a difference.

  • Domino

    I guess she’s as uninformed as you are.
    It’s always easier to just blame Kat without actually finding out what she did or didn’t do isn’t it? She released a statement that said Jason wasn’t to blame – i know because i read it.

  • Domino

    Yeah its not the same or they would have both been hosting the same show genius – hence the similar. They cohost one show and both host SIMILAR other shows at the network.

  • Domino

    Honestly women being the ones to dismiss this very real, very documented and widely known issue of disparity in salaries in every single industry is unbelievable. Imagine being so dense that you support and excuse wage inequity against your own sex. Must be nice to be so incredibly simple.

  • Ausangel01

    She never made that clear. She never defended Jason or spoke the truth until the backlash started coming her way after the avalanche that hit Jason. That’s my entire point, they didn’t do the same jobs, they had one show together in common and the rest were different so why should they be paid the same?