- Megyn Kelly reportedly angered NBC execs by trying to book former E! News host Catt Sadler
- Sadler left the station when she discovered she was making half her cohost’s salary
- An NBC insider says Megyn tried to book Sadler for the Megyn Kelly Today show
- ‘They are appalled [Kelly] would use their own airtime to criticize the company,’ the insider said
Megyn Kelly, who is the highest paid NBC’s highest paid news star, has allegedly angered NBC execs by trying to book former E! News host Catt Sadler.
Sadler left the station when she discovered she was making half her cohost’s, Jason Kennedy, salary.
An NBC insider said Megyn tried to book Sadler for the Megyn Kelly Today show to talk about gender wage gap issues.
‘They are appalled [Kelly] would use their own airtime to criticize the company,’ the insider said to the New York Post.
NBC execs are reportedly angry that Megyn Kelly (left) planned to book former E! News host, Catt Sadler (right)
‘It was bad enough when Debra Messing [who stars on NBC’s ‘Will & Grace’] weighed in on [Sadler’s grievance] on the Golden Globes red carpet on NBC. Now Megyn is going to put Catt front and center — on NBC! Yikes.’
Sadler left E! after 12 years when she discovered the pay disparity.
‘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. 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,’ Sadler said in a blog post.
‘They are appalled [Kelly] would use their own airtime to criticize the company,’ said an insider said to the New York Post
‘In fact, he was making close to double my salary for the past several years.’
Kelly, on the other hand, makes a whopping $23million a year – significantly more than Today cohost Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie who only make $7million a year each.
The host’s hour of Today has been performing poorly compared to that of Kotb and Guthrie.
Matt Lauer, before he was fired for sexual assault and abuse allegations, made $20million on the show – still $3million less than Kelly
Kelly makes a whopping $23million a year – significantly more than Today cohost Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie who only make $7million a year each
And the recent issues with the network aren’t Kelly’s first tussles with NBC.
Following the firing of Matt Lauer, Kelly hosted one of his accuser’s lawyer, who criticized the network’s treatment of his client.
She also recently made comments during a segment where she mentioned the benefits of fat shaming.
MEGYN WILL NOT GO TO SOUTH KOREA BUT SAVANNAH AND HODA WILL
NBC News will feature exclusive content for the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in South Korea but Megyn Kelly will not be in attendance.
The Megyn Kelly Today host will interview athletes stateside while the more popular Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb will be in Pyeongchang for the games.
Coverage kicks off on Thursday, February 8, one day before the Opening Ceremony.
Special additions of Today and NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt will all be recorded.
In addition to game coverage, NBC will report on rising tensions in the peninsula as the U.S. and North Korea continue their squabbles.
The Today live co-host will report live from Pyeongchang starting on February 12, from 7 to 9am.
While this will be Guthrie’s third Olympics, it will mark Kotb’s fifth.
The duo will be joined by Al Roker, Natalie MOrales, Willie Geist, Craig Melvin and Dylan Dreyer.
Today will broadcast through Friday, Febrary 23.