Jason Kennedy’s wife has come to his defense after Catt Sadler’s exit from E! News over a pay disparity.
On Tuesday (19Dec17), Sadler announced she was leaving the E! Network after a 12-year stint as an anchor and presenter because one of her male co-hosts, thought to be Kennedy, was earning “double” her salary.
In light of Sadler’s allegations of pay inequality at the entertainment broadcaster, Kennedy’s wife Lauren Scruggs has posted a long message on her Instagram page on Thursday night (21Dec17) stating that her partner had been the target of a number of negative comments over the last couple of days and that there are “two sides to every story”.
I have always said that there are negatives and positives to social media, and these last 48 hours have proven that to be true. I believe in female empowerment and gender equality, but it’s heartbreaking that a network is being deemed sexist when that is simply not true. At one time my husband had a female co-anchor on E! News who made 3 times his salary. Women are paid accordingly on this network, and the difference in his salary versus hers did not affect Jason. He knows there are always more components to consider when determining one’s salary than gender alone. _ In a New York Times article yesterday, an E! spokeswoman confirmed quote “Ms. Sadler’s and Mr. Kennedy’s roles were not comparable.” Since Jason was named the permanent anchor of E! News over two years ago, he has had various co-hosts that rotate throughout the week. A permanent co-host has never been named since the last one left 6 months ago. _ As you know, there are two sides to every story. I am posting this to tell the other side, which everyone deserves to know before jumping to conclusions about a place he has called home for the last twelve years. If he ever heard that gender inequality was occurring at his workplace, he would take action. Instead, it’s the contrary, and the numerous phone calls we have had these past two days from both current and former female employees at E! only support what he has seen in his time there. These women have assured us that they never felt gender inequality was at play at any time. _ Jason is the most tender-hearted & respectful person and it’s so sad to see him unfairly publicly shamed. His name has been dragged through the mud regarding nothing he did, except be a great friend & colleague. It absolutely breaks my heart to watch, & it is devastating & frustrating to see how this all played out. I will always stand on truth, & I cannot stand by and be silent when the foundation of a story that affects my family is not based on that. I am so proud of & inspired by my husband for constantly being prayerful, surrounding himself w/ wisdom, & being the definition of a class act even in unfortunate circumstances. Love u, Jase, I am honored to be by your side.
“I believe in female empowerment and gender equality, but it’s heartbreaking that a network is being deemed sexist when that is simply not true. At one time my husband had a female co-anchor on E! News who made 3 times his salary,” she wrote, alluding to former anchor Giuliana Rancic. “Women are paid accordingly on this network, and the difference in his salary versus hers did not affect Jason. He knows there are always more components to consider when determining one’s salary than gender alone.”
Scruggs then noted that she believed Kennedy would take action if he was aware of gender inequality in the workplace, and that other women currently or formerly employed at E! News had assured him that the office was an equal opportunities environment.
The blogger is frustrated by the attention Kennedy has received and is “so sad to see him unfairly publicly shamed”.
In Sadler’s original statement, she said that while she thoroughly enjoyed her job, she knew she had to exit after a colleague brought to her attention “a massive disparity in pay between my similarly situated male co-host and myself”.
This left her feeling like she could no longer operate with integrity if she renewed her contract and is hopeful that her actions would make her “an agent for change”.