Mary Hart Reveals Her Own Pay Disparity Dispute: "I Lasted, He Didn't"
Jan 10 2018 by Francis Osborne
News on December 19 - quitting after she learned that co-anchor Jason Kennedy was earning almost twice her salary - isn't the first time pay-equity issues have landed on an entertainment news anchor desk.
During a panel discussion yesterday NBC Universal's president of Lifestyle Networks Frances Berwick took the stage to clarify the issue, Frances covers E! Berwick said she "wanted to set the record straight" that Sadler and Kennedy's salaries couldn't be fairly compared as the pair had "different roles" at the network. News as several actresses spoke out in support of Catt Sadler following her departure from the network because of a pay disparity dispute.
"Catt was focused on daytime, Jason Kennedy is on prime evening news and the red carpet", she added.
"Our employees' salaries are based on their roles and their expertise, regardless of gender", she explained, according to Variety. "You know, I was so shocked to hear that E! doesn't believe in paying their female co-hosts the same as their male co-hosts", she told E!'s Giuliana Rancic.
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 14: E news correspondant Catt Sadler seen around New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Skylight at Moynihan Station on September 14, 2016 in New York City. I mean, we get paid a lot, so it's hard to complain, but the disparity is insane", adding, "Compared to men, in most professions, women make 80 cents to the dollar. "But how can I operate with integrity and stay on at E if they're not willing to pay me the same as him?"
Rancic did her best to recover from the awkward interaction.
Berwick said she had not commented on the matter earlier because "we don't like to get into details about salaries and I think what we've learned in the last 48 hours is we need to be more upfront about it". So we stand with her.
"We want diversity, we want intersectional gender parity, we want equal pay", Messing told E!.