Debra Messing and Eva Longoria called out E! on live TV for not paying male and female employees equally. This happened during an interview with the network on Golden Globes red carpet in LA on Sunday.
E! recently came under fire after host Catt Sadler quit her job with E! after learning she was paid less than her male counterpart on E! News.
Sadler hosted E! News alongside co-host Jason Kennedy for almost 12 years until she left her job in late 2017 after discovering Kennedy made “double [her] salary and has been for several years.”
Debra Messing and Eva Longoria, while being interviewed by E! host Giuliana Rancic on the red carpet, used the opportunity to make it known that they stand with Sadler and were in no way in support of unequal pay.
“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 miss Catt Sadler and so we stand with her. And that’s something that can change tomorrow,” Messing, 49, told reporter Giuliana Rancic live on air.
She added: “Time is up. We want diversity. We want intersectional gender parity, we want equal pay. We want people to start having this conversation that women are just as valuable as men.”
Debra Messing drags E! (while being interviewed on E!): “I was so shocked to hear that E! doesn’t believing in paying their female co-hosts the same as their male co-hosts” pic.twitter.com/HF3B2uhwtF
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Longoria, 42, also referenced the situation with Sadler when she was interviewed by Ryan Seacrest during E!’s live red carpet coverage.
Flanked by Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, the former Desperate Housewives star, who is pregnant with her first child, said: “We support gender equity and equal pay and we hope that E! follows that lead with Catt as well.”
“We stand with you, Catt,” she added.
Alongside Messing and Longoria, actresses Jennifer Lawrence and Brie Larson have all spoken out in support of the E! host.