Catt Sadler Left E! Television Because Of A Massive Gender Pay Gap

December 21, 2017

The longtime E! anchor Catt Sadler leaves the network after more than a decade of daily shows and reports.


The 43-year-old mother of two confirmed the news on her Twitter and explained the reasons behind the decision in a post on her website.

E! hired Sadler back in 2006. Over the years, she hosted some of the network's most remarkable shows: The Daily 10, E! News, Live from E!, and Daily Pop. As Catt writes herself, it was “a dream job”, but the circumstances forced her to leave.

Earlier this year, Catt discovered she was paid nearly half of what her “similarly situated male co-host” makes. She asked to close the gap but,

My team and I asked for what I know I deserve and were denied repeatedly.

Gender wage gap is a common problem

Unfortunately, the problem of unfair compensations for male and female workers still needs to be solved. According to AAUW’s report The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap, in 2016, American women were typically paid 20 percent less than men.

Furthermore, the report suggests that the gender pay gap won't be closed until 2059 or even 2119.

Fighting for what is right

While the statistics show average numbers, we can see from Catt Sadler's example that the gap can easily reach as high as 50%. And when E! refused to close that gap, Sadler decided to “stand for what is right no matter what the cost.”

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Know your worth,” says the single mom of two in her post. At the same time, Sadler points out that she does not blame her male co-host, Jason Kennedy, reports People.

It’s important that people don’t vilify him because he isn’t the problem — the system’s the problem, the structure’s the problem. And I really do mean that.

As for her plans for the future, the woman seems to feel really optimistic.

I will find more work. I will create content with meaning. I will continue to pursue my passions while making my children proud.

And that is the best thing any mother can do – to set an example for her kids and teach them to be brave enough to do the right thing, even when it is scary and terrifying.

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