Debra Messing

NBCU's Frances Berwick says departed E! anchor Catt Sadler was not paid less because of her gender

NBCU's Frances Berwick says departed E! anchor Catt Sadler was not paid less because of her gender

Former E! News anchor Catt Sadler has become a symbol for gender pay inequality since she left the cable network after determining her male counterpart Jason Kennedy earned twice as much as she did.

Sadler’s move even became a topic on the red carpet for the 75th Golden Globe Awards. “Will & Grace” star Debra Messing told E! correspondent Giuliana Rancic that she was “shocked to hear that E! doesn’t believe in paying their female co-hosts the same as their male co-hosts.”

But Frances Berwick, who oversees E! as president of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment’s lifestyle networks, took to the stage at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena on Tuesday to dispute...

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