When veteran E! News host Catt Sadler sat down to say goodbye to coworkers and viewers on Tuesday, she was clearly struggling to keep her emotions at bay. Which is understandable in most situations; it's always tough to leave a job. Especially, I would think, one that looks to be so much fun. Watching the video of her goodbye, though, fans might have noticed a certain undercurrent. Especially when she thanked Daily Pop co-host Justin Sylvester for teaching her about the value of "transparency." And now fans know why this was so important to her. Sadler explained why she quite E! News in a blog post on Wednesday, and why it's so scary for her to leave her job as a single mom.
According to Sadler's post on her website The Cattwalk, she decided to leave E! Entertainment after 12 years as the co-host of E! News because of a pay gap between her and fellow host Jason Kennedy. Sadler, who has been doing double duty for the past year on the two-hour live daytime show Daily Pop as well as E! News in the evening with Kennedy, was reportedly told by an E! Entertainment executive about the pay gap. As she wrote on her website:
Neither Sadler or E! Entertainment have responded to Romper's request for comment.
Sadler writes that she and her team attempted to come to a more equitable agreement but they were turned down repeatedly. Which left her in a precarious position, as she shared on her website on Wednesday:
E! Entertainment refuted Sadler's claim of an unfair pay disparity in a statement, according to USA Today:
It's a situation that remains all too common for women in 2017; according to the AAUW, in 2016 women who worked full time were still only paid 80 percent of what men were paid.
In Sadler's case, of course, it seems as though that number is somewhat more distressing. She made the tough decision to leave her job, despite the fact that she's a single mother of two sons, Austin and Arion, writing on her website that she finds the change "scary."
But, as frightening as it was for Sadler to leave her "dream" job, she has hope for the future. Because she took an important stand, and wasn't willing to simply fade away without explanation.
Speaking out against an alleged gender pay gap is brave, but actively leaving your post and sharing why you left to affect change, even as a single mom That's gumption, my friends. We need more of that.