Will & Grace star Debra Messing slams E! over Catt Sadler, inequality

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While being interviewed by Giuliana Rancic on the red carpet, Debra Messing took E! to task over Catt Sadler receiving less money than her co-host Jason Kennedy ... even though the moment came during a live E! broadcast. "I miss Catt Sadler, and we stand with her".

Meanwhile, Eva Longoria addressed the issue while talking to E!'s Ryan Seacrest and Brie Larson tweeted, "We stand with you @IAmCattSadler - equal pay for equal work! We want people to start having this conversation that women are just as valuable as men".

Earlier this year, longtime host Catt Sadler said goodbye to her "dream job" at E!

Instead of asking the usual "who are you wearing?", E! Before announcing the victor she highlighted the lack of female nominees after Lady Bird director Greta Gerwig was snubbed, by simply saying: "Here are all the male nominees".

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"Time is up and we want diversity and we want intersectional gender parity", Messing said.

Sadler, who said on leaving E! that she didn't want to but had to "act in alignment with your beliefs", responded by saying: she was emotional that one of her "lifelong heroes" had validated her cause.

"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", Sadler wrote. "In fact, [Kennedy] was making close to double my salary for the past several years". "How can I operate with integrity and stay on at E! if they're not willing to pay me the same as him?"

In response to request for comment an E! spokesperson told Buzzfeed: "E! compensates employees fairly and appropriately based on their roles, regardless of gender".

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