Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence voice support for E! News host’s exit over pay disparity

Posted on: December 21st, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

Brandon Hickman/E! Entertainment(LOS ANGELES) — Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Chastain are voicing support for former E! News co-host Catt Sadler, who announced this week she was leaving the network because of a wide pay disparity between her and her male co-host.

“WOW this is so disappointing,” Chastain tweeted. “When are companies like @e_entertainment going to understand that women should be paid fairly. 1/2 of her male counterpart is not appropriate.” 

On her Facebook page, Jennifer Lawrence thanked Sadler for sharing her story and linked to the former co-host’s post about the reasons behind her departure. 

Both Lawrence and Chastain have been outspoken about the gender pay gap in Hollywood ever since the 2014 Sony email hack revealed the salaries of A-list male and female stars.

In 2015, Lawrence penned an op-ed piece for Lena Dunham’s newsletter Lenny about how she was paid significantly less than her male co-stars in 2013’s American Hustle. Earlier this year, Chastain publicly vowed that she would no longer take jobs where she was paid less than her male co-stars.

Sadler expressed gratitude for their support.

“My courage comes from women like Jennifer Lawrence who use their voices regardless of what is at stake,” Sadler wrote on Facebook. “Thank you to my hero Jen for sharing my story during this important time. Your support means the world.”

She added, “Thank you to ALL of you for recognizing the struggle so many women are still enduring today in the workplace. #KnowYourWorth”

Sadler, who served as one of the network’s best-known personalities for more than a decade, announced on Tuesday that she was leaving after what she said was “a massive disparity in pay.”

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