In the wake of multiple high-profile actresses taking E! to task on the Golden Globes red carpet for the wage gap between former E! anchor Catt Sadler and her male Daily Pop co-anchor Jason Kennedy, E! has finally issued a response.
Following a panel promoting Rose McGowan's upcoming limited series Citizen Rose at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, Frances Berwick, president of Lifestyle Networks at NBCUniversal, said there was a lot of misinformation being reported and that she wanted to "set the record straight."
"Catt Sadler and Jason Kennedy had different roles and therefore different salaries," she said. "Our employee's salaries are based on their roles and expertise, not their gender." Berwick noted that Sadler worked in daytime while Kennedy does primetime as well as red carpet coverage.
During the panel, McGowan noted that her current deal with E! was set before the news of Sadler's pay discrepancy broke.
Sadler famously left her job in December after finding out she earned just more than half of what Kennedy made.