Catt Sadler was one of the most recognizable E! News hosts, having been with the network for nearly 12 years. So as you can imagine, people were taken aback when she announced that she was leaving her position.
Sadler, who was on the brink of renewing her contract, said that the decision was tough and required "a lot of soul-searching," but it was the right one to make.
“Up until this point, I mean it really has been a dream job. Literally a dream job. I’m from Indiana, born and raised, and I had my sights set on E! and I’ve seen the world," Sadler said in a statement. "I’ve had the best experiences. I’ve gotten incredibly close with all of my coworkers. It’s like a family here and it’s been beautiful for the majority of my run. I pinch myself every day the job that I get to do. I have so much fun. It has almost been surreal. But then, this year happened."
Turns out, while she and the executives were in the midst of negotiating her deal, she was "informed and made aware that my male equivalent [co-star Jason Kennedy] at the network who I started with the same year and have come up with doing essentially similar jobs, if not the same job, wasn’t just making a little bit more than me but was making double my salary and has been for several years.”
Sadler admitted that it is "insulting" and "heartbreaking" that after all that she has done for the network, she was still "underappreciated and undervalued."
In response to Sadler's departure, E! released a brief and statement saying, "E! compensates employees fairly and appropriately based on their roles, regardless of gender. We appreciate Catt Sadler’s many contributions at E! News and wish her all the best following her decision to leave the network."
The network refused to offer further comments on the matter, until now.