Catt Sadler left the E! News network this week due to a discrepancy in pay. Reportedly, her co-host, Jason Kennedy, made twice as much as she did. The 43-year-old, Sadler, said that “information is power” and it should be, meaning that after figuring out that she was paid less, Sadler attempted to negotiate a higher salary.
However, it didn’t work out exactly as she had planned. On the 19th of December, Catt Sadler revealed she and her team wanted to negotiate to receive as much money as Jason Kennedy, but E! wasn’t interested in negotiating.
Sadler said she and Jason were “similarly situated,” but according to a source, Jason was the “first anchor,” and Sadler was the “second anchor.”
An insider shared, “this is how things work. The lead anchor always makes more money than the co-anchor. It’s common knowledge.”
The source added when Giuliana Rancic was the lead anchor, she made three times as much as Jason, who was the second anchor at the time.
Catt’s salary sat around, $600,000, and Jason made $1.2 million at the most. Jason was making more than Sadler, but it wasn’t due to “institutionalized sexism,” it was because of their respective positions.
Jason Kennedy’s wife, Lauren Scruggs, posted to Instagram in response to Sadler’s comments. Essentially, Scruggs stated she believes in female empowerment like everybody else, but the network isn’t sexist.
She explained that Giuliana made three times as much money as her husband when she was the lead anchor. The discrepancy in pay has nothing to do with sexism.
Scruggs explained women are paid fairly on the network, and the difference between their salary was due to seniority and rank, rather than gender and sex.
As you may know, the topic of gender equality, especially the alleged “pay gap,” are contentious issues, with many stating that women are often paid less due to “institutionalized sexism.” However, opponents of the alternative argument make the point that typically men make more money due to their choice of occupation, which are, in general, more in demand and more dangerous.