Not backing down! Catt Sadler has spoken out to former E News colleague Maria Menounos about quitting her job at E! Entertainment after her pay disparity with Jason Kennedy, her former co-host - and she may take legal action.
As previously reported, in December, Catt announced that she was leaving the network after working for 12 years because she was being paid half of what Jason was.
Catt Sadler May Sue E! News Over ‘Insulting’ Pay Disparity Between Her and Jason Kennedy
On Sirius XM's Conversations with Maria on Thursday, February 8, Catt said,
I almost felt a little naive that I was being taken advantage of. had been there for more than a decade … I was an ideal employee, and by the way I think pretty damn good at my job, to then find out that I was, and again this isn’t just a little less for me, it was half, it just was insulting, I guess.
Later on in the conversation, Catt and Maria discussed Frances Berwick, the president of the NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, arguing that Catt and Jason had different roles at the network.
I know that from a network standpoint, we were positioned a lot — even when you were there as a trifecta — I was a fixture on that show … Then you leave and two people are side by side as kind of like the male and female of this network. You can’t say that we have ‘different roles’ and he has some kind of expertise that I do not. I didn’t have to defend myself because the people who watch that network and have for 10 years are going ‘Uh, next excuse’ because that didn’t work. To me it was actually like ‘Are you watching your own network?’
The former Daily Pop host further said,
By the way, there is something called the equality — the pay act … it is unlawful to discriminate, it is sexual discrimination, so you better believe that people are going to say on record what protects them in a certain, particular instance.
Maria then asked,
Wait, so are you suing E! for this? Because you can,
“Not today,” Catt responded.
Then Maria said,
But you might? You have a year, right? Or something like that? Got it. Yeah, I could see that,
Catt stayed quiet and didn't offer up about other any details about taking legal action, but she continued to stand by Jason when Maria asked about his reaction to the situation.
Jason had to do what Jason had to. I always, always have stood by his side and he’s always stood by mine. I’ve said it from day one, I don’t know how many times I’ve said it in the press, how many different ways I’ve said ‘This has nothing to do with him, this has everything to do with me and the gross disparity. Jason was always a champion of mine.
When asked if Jason went to E News on her behalf, and Catt responded,
I believe so, yes. That’s why, proactively, I made such a point of saying, ‘This isn’t about him.’ By the way he has his own family and by the way he deserves every dime he’s making — without question! This isn’t that he didn’t deserve that much, it’s that I deserved as much.