Debra Messing calls out E! for failing to pay employees equally

Ruben Ruiz
January 8, 2018

Women on the Globes carpet are wearing black this evening in solidarity with victims of sexual harassment and assault, and when asked by E!'s Giuliana Rancic to explain her black outfit, Messing did not hold back.

But the Golden Globes gender equality campaign didn't stop at all-black clothing.

Catt Sadler, a former host of E! show Daily Pop, quit last month after finding out her male co-host Jason Kennedy made almost twice as much money as she did.

Rancic didn't specifically reply to the Sadler, 43, comment, but she did agree to the Time's Up message and later told Messing: "Thank you for using your voice". "Time is up, we want diversity, we want intersectional gender parity".

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Messing tells E! host Giuliana Rancic she misses Catt Sadler at the network. E

Catt Sadler, who quit "E!" News' Catt Sadler quitting her job, and saying it was because Jason Kennedy made almost double her salary - despite both Catt and Jason starting at E! in the same year, and Catt doing two E! shows. We want equal pay. News job, but she was also at E! for a lot longer than Jason, which was part of the point. News, left the network in December, citing the massive pay gap between her salary and that of her male co-hosts. "It's 50/50 by 2020", she said. "And that's something that can change tomorrow", Messing said.

Messing says it's crucial to "start having this conversation that women are just as valuable as men are".

It should be mentioned that while she was tonight's host of the E! red carpet, Giuliana was in immediate agreement with Messing's bold on-air statement, saying, "We have an fantastic platform here".

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