Debra Messing and more back Catt Sadler

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Debra Messing addressing the Catt Sadler equal pay situation. while on E! News' Catt Sadler quitting her job, and saying it was because Jason Kennedy made almost double her salary - despite both Catt and Jason starting at E! in the same year, and Catt doing two E! shows. I miss Catt we stand with her and that's something that can change tomorrow. So we stand with her.

First answering the question directly, Debra said: "I am wearing black to thank and honour all of the fearless whistle-blowers who came forward and shared their stories of harassment and assault".

Messing's statement was one in what is expected to many shows of protests on a night where Hollywood's most powerful producers, directors, and stars are set to celebrate themselves. "More recently, when E reached out to renew and extend my deal, I learned that he wasn't just making a little more than I was".

Arriving at the Golden Globes, Will & Grace star Messing referenced the departure of Catt Sadler, who resigned in December after learning her male co-star earned nearly double her salary.

Messing added that it's time for "diversity", "intersectional gender parity" and "equal pay", which prompted her to turn her focus to E!

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Messing wasn't the only woman who called the network out for its treatment of Sadler.

The host said she agreed before turning the conversation back to the Time's Up initiative. Sadler said she repeatedly asked for a raise and was denied each time.

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

But, according to Sadler, "not only did they refuse to pay me as much as my male counterpart, but they didn't come close - nowhere close, not even remotely close".

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