Catt Sadler has left her role at E! News after more than a decade with the US television network.
The star revealed her departure in a tweet posted on Monday saying: “It’s true. Today will be my last day on #DailyPop and @enews. I hope you’ll tune in so I can thank you for the memories. I love you guys SO much it hurts.”
— catt sadler (@IAmCattSadler) December 19, 2017
In a statement posted on her website, the 43-year-old news anchor confirmed that she made the decision after learning of a “massive disparity in pay” between her and co-host Jason Kennedy.
“An executive from E! brought something alarming to my attention — namely, that there was a massive disparity in pay between my similarly situated male co-host and myself,” she wrote.
Catt went on to reveal the scale of the pay gap, explaining how her male co-anchor had been earning almost twice her salary for the past number of years.
“More recently, when E! reached out to renew and extend my deal, I learned that he wasn’t just making a little more than I was. In fact, he was making close to double my salary for the past several years,” she continued.
“Know your worth. I have two decades experience in broadcasting and started at the network the very same year as my close friend and colleague that I adore.”
She continued: “It was important for me to explain my departure. I did not want to disappear from your television screens and have you wonder why. Thank you for your precious time all these years. Thank you for the support. Thank you for the constant exchange of ideas on social media as well. This chapter is over and a new one begins.”
According to reports, while Catt did attempt to negotiate for equal pay, the network offered her a number that was “not even remotely close” to Jason's salary.
Speaking to People magazine the mother-of-two said: "It's almost insulting because you know you work really hard. I'm a single mom of two kids. I've given my all to this network.
"I've sacrificed time away from my family and I have dedicated my entire career to this network. And when you learn something like that, it makes you feel very small and underappreciated and undervalued. It's heartbreaking…”
Fan were quick to offer Catt messages of love and support:
Catt you’re a real class act and a champion for women’s rights. You will be missed and you’re actions inspire us to be bold and ask for what should already be a given #Showemhowitsdone #knowyoureworth
— Elisabeth Miller (@eamiller125) December 20, 2017
I will miss you Catt I have watched you for so many years and enjoyed every moment. I am so sad at @enews and how they can dare treat you differently. It is so terrible you are not receiving the same pay as @JasonKennedy1 with who I adore. You go girl you show them !!
— Views and More (@CMarieNico) December 20, 2017
I'm bummed to see you go, but WAY TO GO TO OUT (aka ON TOP, business and morals-wise,) AS A STRONG AF WOMAN!!!!!!
So much respect.
— U Street Studio (@ustreetstudio) December 20, 2017