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‘E! News’ contributor leaves network over gender wage gap

Charmaine Blake

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E! News host Catt Sadler has left the network over a gender wage gap disparity. Sadler learned that her male co-host made significantly more than she did – almost twice as much.

Sadler was recently named co-host of Daily Pop in addition to her role on E! News, and realized around the same time that her salary was disproportionate to her male colleague’s. (She is likely referring to Daily Pop co-host Jason Kennedy, thought she doesn’t name him). 

“The gender pay gap is shrinking, although admittedly we have a long way to go,” Sadler wrote in a statement about her exit. “And well, I learned this first hand. My team and I asked for what I know I deserve and were denied repeatedly.”

Sadler said it was difficult to break with the network after 12 years but that she felt compelled to after witnessing the way women stood strong in 2017 (in Hollywood and beyond).

“But how can I operate with integrity and stay on at E if they’re not willing to pay me the same as him?” She said of her co-host and her inner conflict. “Or at least come close? 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?”

Read Sadler’s full statement, via her official website, below:

I know first hand that dreams do come true. For the past twelve years, I’ve been living mine out loud as one of the hosts on E television. For more than a decade I’ve walked through the doors at E and traveled into people’s living rooms around the world. I’ve reported from a royal wedding, the Olympics, and the Oscars. I’ve been to film festivals in France, movie premieres in Rio, and fashion week in Paris. I’ve gotten chased by the paparazzi on camera while shopping with Kris Jenner, co-hosted shows with Khloe, Kim and Kourtney, and interviewed Kendall and Kylie back in those early Keeping Up days when no one could remember their names. It has been unpredictable, intoxicating, rewarding and hard work. Five days a week since February 2006. First, for The Daily 10 and later for E News.

Then, this year happened. Daily Pop was born. I was named host which meant double duty. Hosting a live, two-hour daytime show while also hosting E News most nights. It was creatively challenging but genuinely one of the most fulfilling years of my professional career. Coincidentally, around this same time 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. 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.

Information is power. Or it should be. 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. My team and I asked for what I know I deserve and were denied repeatedly.

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. I so lovingly refer to him 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? 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?

It’s scary. I am a single mother of two boys. The unknown can be terrifying, but it can also be the most beautiful gift. 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?

It was my desire to stay at my job. To continue entertaining our loyal viewers around the world. To keep working alongside some of the best writers, directors, and producers in the game. Everyone from the studio crew, hair and makeup artists, to the security at the front door are true friends of mine. They have been my work family and I love them dearly. Unfortunately, however, my decision was made for me and I must go.

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.

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.

Big big love,
Catt

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/12/20/catt-sadler-e-news-wage-gap/

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The clues we all missed about the big reveal in ‘Westworld’ Episode 9

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The hats in “Westworld” were always about much more than aesthetic

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“With a show like Westworld, it’s hard to get any reveal past avid Reddit theorists and media obsessives (hi, hello — that is us.) Yet somehow, showrunners Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan managed to pull it off on Sunday’s “Vanishing Point.”

A running mystery (among the many millions) this season revolved around the Delos Corporation’s ability to accurately copy guest cognition. The answer turned out to be so obvious in hindsight, we can’t stop kicking…..”

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/06/20/westworld-hat-reveal-season-2/

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The Handmaid’s Tale Revealed the Truth Behind Gilead!

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Science: 1. Gilead: 0.

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“To watch The Handmaids Tale as a conscious member of a free society is to be keyed in to every injustice the Republic of Gilead commits against women.

Ostensibly, each of the institutionalized violations of womens rights the ban on reading, the forced marriages, the entire concept of Handmaids, and countless others stem from Gileads core purpose, which is to ensure the future of the human race in the face of a worldwide fertility crisis.

Government-approved rape and wife assignments are Gilead’s answer to a world where the wickedness of women caused millions of them to fall barren. But in Episode 9 of Season 2, the lie behind that logic is finally exposed: the worlds fertility crisis was an issue of inert sperm, not eggs. Women were never the problem.

To which I would like to say both holy shit and duh.

The holy shit part stands for my internal scream during this episode when Serena Joys itinerary for the Canada visit was outlined with pictures instead of words, out of sensitivity for Gileads anti-reading policy. This despite my refusal to accept Serena Joy as a victim in her own system.

That scream was for how entirely unfair the system of Gilead is. That unfairness only compounds with the fertility reveal. Every lynching victim…..”

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/06/14/handmaids-tale-fertility-reveal/

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The British reality dating show that you need to start watching immediately

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“At precisely 9 p.m. every night for the next three months, just as the sun is setting over the United Kingdom, Twitter comes alive.

There’s nothing in the water and we certainly can’t blame it on the weather. It’s all because of Love Island, a British reality dating show that currently has the nation transfixed. Brits are gripped by the action unfolding on their television screens, and they begin flooding Twitter with their feelings using the #LoveIsland hashtag.

So, what the hell is Love Island? Well, in a nutshell, it’s Britain’s answer to the U.S.’s Bachelor In Paradise. The only difference is that the show airs every single night for three drama-packed months.

The new season of Love Island — which began one week ago — kicked off with the arrival of 11 strangers comprising six men and five women. The women arrive first and exchange hugs with their fellow contestants. Then, as the men arrive one-by-one, the ladies step forward when they see someone they like the look of.

Much like Bachelor in Paradise, the power alternates between the male and female contestants each week. Now, if that sentence….”

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