Star Calls Out E! While Being Interviewed by E! on Red Carpet

Debra Messing criticizes E! for paying Catt Sadler less than male counterpart
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 7, 2018 7:40 PM CST
Debra Messing arrives at the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, in Beverly Hills, Calif.   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – "Bravo Debra Messing for dragging E! news while appearing on E! news," People news editor Nigel Smith tweets. "I think she just set the tone for the night." The San Francisco Chronicle reports that last month Catt Sadler left E! after more than a decade while revealing that she was paid half what her E! News co-host Jason Kennedy was paid. Messing didn't hold her tongue when interviewed by E! on the red carpet ahead of the 75th annual Golden Globes on Sunday. “I was so shocked to hear that E! doesn’t believe in paying their female co-hosts the same as their male co-hosts. I mean, I miss Catt Sadler,” the Will & Grace star told correspondent Giuliana Rancic. “We stand with her."

Messing added: "That’s something that can change tomorrow. We want people to start having this conversation that women are just as valuable as men.” Messing's boldness got a reaction online, with the praise on social media being summed up by one tweeter: "Debra Messing for POTUS." Messing wasn't the only star to bring up Sadler. “We support gender equity and equal pay, and we hope that E! follows that lead with Catt as well," the New York Times quotes Eva Longoria as telling Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet. "We stand with you, Catt.” (Read more Golden Globes stories.)

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