Kathie Lee Gifford defends Jason Kennedy amid the “pay gap” controversy between him and Catt Sadler, who recently quit because of the alleged discrepancy. As you may know, Celebrity Insider reported yesterday and today that Catt Sadler left because the network was paying her $600,000 rather than $1.2 million like Jason Kennedy.
Sadler confirmed on her blog as well as her Twitter account that the network paid her significantly less than Jason despite their “situational similarity.”
@JasonKennedy1 When I make a list of the Godliest, sweetest men I know, you are right up there. I would love to live in a world full of people like you and Lauren. Live in your Truth. There is your Peace.
— Kathie Lee Gifford (@KathieLGifford) December 22, 2017
However, it was noted by several sources that Jason and Sadler didn’t have the same position on the show. Jason was the lead host while Sadler was the co-host.
Lauren Scruggs – the wife of Jason Kennedy – took to Instagram in a post which we have for you below, to explain why Jason made more money than Sadler.
Lauren revealed that Giuliana Rancic made three times as much as her husband while they hosted together. The reason for this is that Giuliana was the leading host, the primary one.
Either way, Kathie took to her Instagram account today to offer support for Kennedy. She said she wants to live in a world full of people like Lauren and Jason. Kathie Lee continued, “live in your truth.”
FULL POST ON BLOG! I have always said that there are negatives and positives to social media, and these last 48 hours have proven that to be true. I believe in female empowerment and gender equality, but it’s heartbreaking that a network is being deemed sexist when that is simply not true. At one time my husband had a female co-anchor on E! News who made 3 times his salary. Women are paid accordingly on this network, and the difference in his salary versus hers did not affect Jason. He knows there are always more components to consider when determining one’s salary. _ In a New York Times article yesterday, an E! spokeswoman confirmed quote “Ms. Sadler’s and Mr. Kennedy’s roles were not comparable.” Since Jason was named the permanent anchor of E! News over two years ago, he has had various co-hosts that rotate throughout the week. A permanent co-host has never been named since the last one left 6 months ago. _ As you know, there are two sides to every story. I am posting this to tell the other side, which everyone deserves to know before jumping to conclusions about a place he has called home for the last twelve years. If he ever heard that gender inequality was occurring at his workplace, he would take action. Instead, it’s the contrary, and the numerous phone calls we have had these past two days from both current and former female employees at E! only support what he has seen in his time there. These women have assured us that they never felt gender inequality was at play at any time. _ Jason is the most tender-hearted & respectful person and it’s so sad to see him unfairly publicly shamed. His name has been dragged through the mud regarding nothing he did, except be a great friend & colleague. It absolutely breaks my heart to watch, & it is devastating & frustrating to see how this all played out. I will always stand on truth, & I cannot stand by and be silent when the foundation of a story that affects my family is not based on that. I am so proud of & inspired by my husband for constantly being prayerful, surrounding himself w/ wisdom, & being the definition of a class act even in unfortunate circumstances. Love u, Jase, I am honored to be by your side.
Gifford is a longtime friend of Lauren and Jason. She even attended their wedding back in December of 2014. Sources at the time of their nuptials said their ceremony was “astonishingly beautiful and it couldn’t have gone smoother.”
As for the pay gap issue, sources who spoke to Us Weekly explained that the company isn’t sexist. They pay people based on their role, and not their gender or sex. However, upon first glance, it’s easy to presume sexism because of the apparent discrepancy in their salary. But, it would be better for those interested to look into the facts before passing judgment.