E! News has responded to the on-going controversy surrounding the network and former presenter, Catt Sadler.
Catt quit the network in December, after learning that her male co-host Jason Kennedy was being paid almost double the amount she was, for the same job.
Catt had been with the brand for 12 years, and said that she was shocked when she learned of a 'massive disparity in pay' between herself and Jason.
The network came under fire on the red carpet of the Golden Globes on Sunday night. Guliana Rancic and Ryan Seacrest were confronted by Debra Messing and Eva Longoria on the issue of equality. If you missed that you can see it here.
President of lifestyle networks for NBC Universal and E! exec Frances Berwick has released a statement.
'There is a lot of misinformation out there. Catt Sadler and Jason Kennedy had different roles and therefore different salaries. Catt was focused on daytime, Jason is on prime evening news plus red carpet. Our employees' salaries are based on their roles and their expertise, regardless of gender. We wish Catt well.'
In an emotional Instagram post following her departure, Catt wrote in defence of Jason, saying 'He has done right by me in every respect.'
I couldn’t let another minute go by without acknowledging the overwhelming love and support I’ve been receiving the last 24 hours. Leaving E was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made, but your messages and heartfelt comments are comforting and affirm for me that I made the right decision. So many of you have similar stories, similar struggles, legitimate frustrations and I want you to know I hear you and feel for you. As a result, I have a renewed sense of purpose and genuine passion to right the wrongs. We are stronger together and I feel your strength at my core. If I had one ask, it is to please not place blame on my friend Jason Kennedy. He has done right by me in every respect. It hurts me deeply to see that some are vilifying him. I repeat, his hands are tied on this matter and if you’re angry - rightfully so - direct that emotion at the decision makers who failed us, not him. All my love + gratitude ðŸ–¤
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