Megyn Kelly is going to battle with NBC. The former Fox News anchor reportedly wants to bring Catt Sadler on her show to talk about why she left NBC, but executives are blocking the request because they don’t want Sadler bashing the network on Today. Will Kelly ignore her bosses and book Sadler?
Executives at NBC can’t believe that Kelly wants to book Sadler for her show. Sadler left E! News over a dispute about her massive pay gap. The parent company of NBC, NBC Universal, owns the outlet and the higher ups don’t want to discuss the salary scandal on one of their own shows.
Sadler was a part of E! for over 10 years and quit because her co-star, Jason Kennedy, was pulling down more than double her salary.
Sadler’s beef with her former network heated up over the weekend. During the Television Critics Association event, E! News exec Frances Berwick said that Kennedy made more money than Sadler because he had a different role on the show.
Berwick explained how Sadler primarily worked in the daytime while Kennedy was on the evening news and red-carpet events.
Sadler fired back and claimed that she and Kennedy had the exact same responsibilities as co-hosts.
I couldn’t let today get away without wishing one of my best friends in the world a Happy Happy Birthday. @thejasonkennedy, you are a true class act and one of the finest humans I know. I’m so grateful our paths led us to E more than a decade ago. What a gift to be your tv partner in crime but also gain a friend for life. You’re the best, JK! ?
She released a statement shortly after leaving the network. The former TV host told fans not to take their anger out on Kennedy because he isn’t causing the problems.
Instead, she blamed the system and the network’s structure, which she says unfairly pays employees based on gender. Sadler had nothing but good things to say about Kennedy, whom she called a dear friend.
Debra Messing argued in favor of Sadler and blasted NBC during the Golden Globes. In an interview with E! on the red carpet, Messing said that she was shocked that the network doesn’t pay its female employees as much as their male counterparts.
Messing confessed that she misses Sadler and fully supports her moving forward. E! did not respond to Messing’s comments, though the controversy over Sadler didn’t end there.
Eva Longoria also mentioned Sadler on the red carpet during the Golden Globes. Amy Schumer, Julianne Moore and a few other celebrities have shared their support for the former host on social media. There’s no telling if the massive response online will produce any results, but the scandal isn’t about to end soon.
NBC has not addressed the rumors surrounding Megyn Kelly and bringing Catt Sadler on her show.