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20th of January 2018

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The Real Reason Why Catt Sadler Left E! News Will Make Your Blood Boil

“Information is power. Or it should be,” she continued. “We are living in a new era. The gender pay gap is shrinking, although admittedly we have a long way to go. And well, I learned this first hand.” Catt said she and her team asked for the salary that she knows that she deserves and were “denied repeatedly.” So, she decided to leave. “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 said.

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She emphasized that her departure has nothing to do with her relationship with Jason. “I so lovingly refer to [Jason] as my ‘TV husband’ and I mean it. But how can I operate with integrity and stay on at E if they’re not willing to pay me the same as him? Or at least come close?” she said. “How can I accept an offer that shows they do not value my contributions and paralleled dedication all these years? How can I not echo the actions of my heroes and stand for what is right no matter what the cost? How can I remain silent when my rights under the law have been violated?”

Catt said she wanted to stay at her job but the decision was “made” for her and so she “must go.”

While Catt is strong in her convictions, she admits that leaving E! is scary. “I am a single mother of two boys. The unknown can be terrifying, but it can also be the most beautiful gift,” she wrote. “Countless brave women have come forward this year to speak their truth. Females refuse to remain silent on issues that matter most because without our voices, how will we invoke lasting change? How can we make it better for the next generation of girls if we do not stand for what is fair and just today?”

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She added: “I will find more work. I will create content with meaning. I will continue to pursue my passions while making my children proud. The way I see it, I have an obligation to be an agent for change.”

Jason Kennedy posted a sweet goodbye video with his colleague moments before her post went live on Tuesday. "This will be tough," he wrote about saying goodbye to Catt.

Jessica Chastain spoke out in support of Catt on Twitter, calling the news of her departure "so disappointing." The Oscar-winning actress has been outspoken about the wage gap in Hollywood.

WOW this is so disappointing. When are companies like @e_entertainment going to understand that women should be paid fairly. 1/2 of her male counterpart is not appropriate. https://t.co/n2zrpTK8XE

— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) December 20, 2017

In a statement to Us Weekly, a representative for E! said: “E! compensates employees fairly and appropriately based on their roles, regardless of gender. We appreciate Catt Sadler’s many contributions at E! News and wish her all the best following her decision to leave the network.”

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