Catt Sadler Still Friends With Jason Kennedy After E! Pay Dispute — Says The Problem Is The System, Not Him!

No drama here…

As we reported in December 2017, Catt Sadler announced she was leaving E! after learning cohost Jason Kennedy “was making double [her] salary and has been for several years.”

According to an US Weekly source that same month, the female journalist made “about $ 600,000 per year,” while her male counterpart raked in “around $ 1 million a year, maybe $ 1.2 million.”

Related: Jennifer Lawrence & Jessica Chastain Support Catt Sadler!

Despite the media frenzy, Sadler is still friendly with her former coworker.

On Monday, the 43-year-old attended Equal Pay Day for Luna Bar where she told Us Weekly:

“We’re friends… My relationship hasn’t changed with any of the people… It’s no one’s fault and even as these stories come out about other male, female stars or other people, like where the male’s getting paid more, the guys aren’t the target. It’s the system that’s the problem. It’s the systematic way that things are, this pervasive gap. That’s the problem… That was my work family for many, many years and I love those people dearly.”

In fact, in a December Instagram post, the former Daily Pop host told her followers “to please not place blame on [her] friend Jason Kennedy” as “it hurts [her] deeply to see that some are vilifying him.”

Controversy aside, Sadler is using her newfound platform to fight for equal pay, and to empower women from all walks of life.

“It’s an honor now to have a platform and I realize so many women do not. But it’s about kind of empowering yourself… The resources are out there. I mean, thanks to companies like this and a lot of people that have really been organizing to make a difference, roll up their sleeves and do a little bit of the work to learn what the stats are, first of all, and that you’re not alone in this fight. There are many women and men that are joining together to make a difference and then use that to your advantage. It’s great to know your worth but you have to be able to act on it and pay inequality. There are many variables that contribute to where we are today, but there are definitely some things we can do ourselves to make a difference.”

Although she has received support from several A-list stars, she was most blown away by Amy Schumer‘s kind words.

“I didn’t expect Amy Schumer. I mean, how cool is that? And in such an organic way, that she’s hanging out on her Instagram and she’s like, ‘Yeah, what’s up with that?’… She just like suddenly came to my defense and I was friendly with her but we weren’t buds or anything. But she was upset on my behalf just naturally on her own. So I was surprised by that and I’ve had several conversations with her since but she’s just another force that’s just like so bold, so not afraid, and we all have the women that we look to that inspire us. She is one of them.”

Oh, and she appreciates Jennifer Lawrence and Natalie Portman vouching for her too.

“Jennifer Lawrence is one of them. I mean, I idolize Natalie Portman. The fact that she stood up for me at the Golden Globes, so that’s what I hope to kind of continue to do… That’s why I want to do meaningful work because I hear from some of these girls who watched me on TV all these years, who want me to keep going on this issue and so they feel me now. So hopefully that’s the beauty of females and mentors and just getting inspired in general, so it’s cool.”

As we reported in February, Sadler told Maria Menounos she may potentially sue E! as “it is unlawful to discriminate” based on gender.

[Image via Catt Sadler/Instagram.]


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President Trump Blames the New York Explosion Terror Attack on a ‘Lax’ Immigration System

President Donald Trump said Monday’s attack on New York City’s Port Authority Bus Terminal was the result of a “lax” immigration system that “allows far too many dangerous, inadequately vetted people to access our country.”

“The terrible harm that this flawed system inflicts on America’s security and economy has long been clear,” Trump said in a White House statement. “I am determined to improve our immigration system to put our country and our people first.”

Trump said that his travel ban for residents of six Muslim-majority countries, which the Supreme Court recently allowed enforcement of in full, was “one step forward in securing our immigration system.” He additionally called on Congress to end chain migration and increase the number of Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, who detain undocumented immigrants.

“[T]hose convicted of engaging in acts of terror deserve the strongest penalty allowed by law, including the death penalty in appropriate cases,” the President added. “America should always stand firm against terrorism and extremism, ensuring that our great institutions can address all evil acts of terror.”

According to the Department of Homeland Security, the incident’s primary suspect — 27-year-old Akayed Ullah — is a lawful permanent resident of the U.S. who came from Bangladesh on a family immigrant visa in 2011. Bangladesh is not one of the countries included in Trump’s travel ban.

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California’s Winds and Wildfires Have Pushed the Alert System Into Uncharted Territory: Purple

(VENTURA, Calif.) — Southern California has felt yellow wind, orange wind, and red wind. But never purple wind. Until now.

The color-coded system showing the expected strength of the winds driving the region’s fierce wildfires has reached uncharted territory, pushing past red, which means “high” into the color that means “extreme.”

“The forecast for tomorrow is purple,” said Ken Pimlott, director at the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. “We’ve never used purple before.”

Southern California has already been hit hard by three major fires that have put tens of thousands of people under evacuation orders and destroyed at nearly 200 homes and buildings, a figure that is almost certain to grow.

But the hard-won progress of firefighters could be erased Thursday.

“We’re talking winds that can surface that can be 80 miles an hour,” Pimlott said. “These will be winds that there will no ability to fight fires.”

Such winds can instantly turn a tiny fire into a large one, or carry embers that spark new fires miles away.

Millions of cellphones buzzed loudly Tuesday night from San Diego to Santa Barbara with a sound that usually means an Amber Alert, but this time meant a rare weather warning for strong winds making extreme fire danger.

Officials hope the electronic push will keep the whole region alert and keep the death toll from the week’s fires at zero.

Melissa Rosenzweig, 47, was briefly back home Tuesday after evacuating from her Ventura house, which has been spared so far while most on her street had burned in the largest and most destructive of the region’s fires. She and her husband were about to evacuate again, hoping they will get lucky twice as the new winds arrive.

“Heck yeah I’m still worried,” Rosenzweig said. “We’re very grateful but I know we’re not out of the woods.”

In what may have been an early sign of the 140-square-mile fire getting new life, several thousand new evacuations were ordered late Tuesday night in Ojai, a town of artists and resorts. The blaze had been creeping there already, but an increase in winds pushed it close enough for many more to flee.

The wilder winds could easily send make new fires explode too, as one did Wednesday in Los Angeles’ exclusive Bel-Air section, where a fire consumed multimillion-dollar houses that give the rich and famous sweeping views of Los Angeles.

Little flame was visible by late Tuesday, but in the morning fire exploded on the steep slopes of Sepulveda Pass, closing a section of heavily traveled Interstate 405 and destroying four homes.

Flames burned a wine storage shed at media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s 16-acre (6.5-hectare) Moraga Vineyards estate and appeared to have damaged about 7 acres (2.8 hectares) of vines, a spokeswoman said.

Across the wide I-405 freeway from the fire, the Getty Center art complex was closed to protect its collection from smoke damage. Many schools across Los Angeles were closed because of poor air quality and classes were canceled at 265 schools Thursday.

Back in the beachside city of Ventura, the fire killed more than two dozen horses at a stable and had destroyed at least 150 structures, a number that was expected to get far bigger as firefighters are able to assess losses.

Air tankers that had been grounded much of the week because of high winds flew on Wednesday, dropping flame retardant. Firefighters rushed to attack the fires before winds picked up again.

“We’re basically in an urban firefight in Ventura, where if you can keep that house from burning, you might be able to slow the fire down,” said Tim Chavez, a fire behavior specialist at the blaze. “But that’s about it.”


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