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Jason Kennedy ‘s wife defends him following Catt Sadler’s exit from ‘E! News’ because of the gender pay gap

Catt Sadler (right) to the left of “E! News” after discovering her co-host Jason Kennedy (left) made almost double her salary.

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“E! News” host Jason Kennedy’s wife, defended him Thursday after Catt Sadler announced Tuesday that she was leaving the show after discovering her co-host, almost double her salary.

Lauren Scruggs, 29, wrote in a lengthy Instagram post that her husband’s name was “dragged through the mud,” despite him having nothing to do with the pay gap. Scruggs also mentioned Kennedy and former co-host, Giuliana Rancic, “3 times his salary.”

I’ve always said that there are negatives and positives to social media, and these last 48 hours have proven that this is true. I believe in female empowerment and equality between the sexes, but it is heartbreaking that a network is deemed to be sexist when that is simply not true. Once upon a time, my husband had a female co-anchor on E! News, that is 3 times his salary. Women are paid accordingly on this network, and the difference between his salary compared to the hare was not of influence on Jason. He knows that there are always more components to consider when determining someone’s salary than gender alone. _ In a New York Times article yesterday, an E! the spokeswoman confirmed quote, “Mrs. Sadler and Mr. Kennedy’s roles were not to compare.” Since Jason was given the name of the fixed anchor of E! News the past two years ago, he has had various co-hosts rotate throughout the week. A permanent co-host has never been named, because the last 6 months ago. _ As you know, there are two sides to every story. I post this to tell on the other hand, everyone deserves to know before jumping to conclusions about a place he has called home for the last twelve years. If he ever heard that the inequality between man and woman was at his work station, he would take action. Instead, it is the contrary, and the many phone calls we have had over the last two days of both the current and former female employees at E! only the support of what he has seen in his time. These women have assured us that they never felt inequality between men and women was to play at any time. _ Jason has the most tender heart & respectful person and it is so sad to see him unfairly publicly humiliated. His name was dragged through the mud, nothing he did, except a good friend and colleague. It absolutely breaks my heart to watch, and the devastating & frustrating to see how this all played out. I will always stand on the truth, and I can not stand and be silent as the foundation of a story that affects my family is not on the basis of that. I am so proud of and inspired by my husband for the constant prayer, surrounding himself w/ wisdom, and is the definition of a class act, even in unfortunate circumstances. Love you, Jesse, I am honored to be by your side.

A post shared by Lauren Scruggs Kennedy (@laurenscruggs) on Dec 21, 2017 at 4:32pm PST

“I believe in female empowerment and equality between the sexes, but it is heartbreaking that a network is deemed to be sexist when that’s just not true,” Scruggs wrote.

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“Women are paid accordingly on this network, and the difference between his salary compared to the hare was not of influence on Jason. He knows that there are always more components to consider when determining someone’s salary than gender alone,” she continued.

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Scruggs continued that the current and former female E! the employees have contact with the couple over the past few days and told them that she “never felt inequality between men and women was to play at any time.”

Scruggs concluded that she loved her husband, and said that he was the most “tender-hearted, and respectful person.”

“Jason has the most tender heart & respectful person and it is so sad to see him unfairly publicly humiliated. His name was dragged through the mud, nothing he did, except a good friend and colleague. It absolutely breaks my heart to watch, and the devastating & frustrating to see how this all played out,” she wrote.

Kennedy thanks his wife for the message on Twitter.

I love you Lo, thank you for sharing… https://t.co/zcXhHI2DhI

— Jason Kennedy (@JasonKennedy1) 22 December 2017

Scruggs, a fashion blogger, and Kennedy have been married since 2014. She suffered from a tragic incident in 2011, US Weekly reported, when she lost her left eye and arm after she stepped off the plane and was “sucked” into the screw.

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“On December 3, 2011, my mother and I decided to go to our friends house for dinner after church — their house is located on a private airport — and one of the friends was taking people up for plane rides,” Scruggs told US Weekly. “I’m always up for an adventure so I was the first in the row. When the plane landed, it was dark and rainy outside and I stepped off the plane and when you get out you’re basically at the propeller, so I was sucked into it when I stepped off.”

Three years after the terrifying incident, she met Kennedy by Rancic after she did an interview with the former “E! News” host. Rancic told Scruggs to ask Kennedy for places to walk and the two immediately clicked, People reported.

“An accident 3 years ago was the worst day of her life. Ironically her worst day became the best day of my life, if [it] does not happen, we would not have met,” Kennedy said.

Sadler did not immediately comment on Scruggs Instagram post, but the former E! News host urged the fans not the fault of Kennedy for her departure.

I could not let another minute go by without recognition of the overwhelming love and support that I have received in the last 24 hours. Leaving E was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made, but your messages and genuine responses are comforting and confirming for me that I made the right decision. So many of you have similar stories, similar struggle, legitimate frustrations and I want you to know, I hear you and feel you. As a result, I have a renewed sense of purpose and a real passion to right the wrongs. We are stronger together, and I feel your strength in my core. If I had a question, is it not to place blame on my friend, Jason Kennedy. He has done it through me in every way. It touches me deeply to see that some vilifying him. I repeat, his hands are tied on this matter and if you are angry – rightly so – direct that emotion in the decision-makers who are not us, not him. All my love + gratitude ?

A post shared by CATT SADLER (@iamcattsadler) on Dec 20, 2017 at 8:17pm PST

“If I had a question, is it not to place blame on my friend, Jason Kennedy,” Sadler wrote. “He has done well by me in every way. It touches me deeply to see that some vilifying him,” she added. “I repeat, his hands are tied on this matter and if you are angry – rightly so – direct that emotion in the decision-makers who are not us, not him. All my love + gratitude.”

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