AceShowbiz - %cDebra Messing% is not holding back. Wearing a black dress to stand in solidarity with victims of sexual harassment and assault, the "Will & Grace" actress called out E! during the network's 2018 Golden Globes red carpet broadcast on Sunday, January 7 for salary dispute involving former E! News co-host %cCatt Sadler%.
Catt, who worked on the show for 12 years, announced her exit from the show last month, citing "a massive disparity in pay" between her and male co-host %cJason Kennedy% as the reason.
"Time is up. We want diversity. We want intersectional gender parity, we want equal pay," Messing said on live TV to E! host %cGiuliana Rancic%.
"I was so shocked to hear that E! doesn't believe in paying their female co-host the same as their male co-host," the 49-year-old star continued. "I miss Catt Sadler, so we stand with her. And that's something that can change tomorrow. You know, we want people to start having conversation that women are just as valuable as men."
Debra Messing calls out E! while on E!: "I was so shocked to hear that E! doesn't believing in paying their female co-hosts the same as their male co-hosts. I miss Cat Sadler." pic.twitter.com/dnqoMkh7YY— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) January 7, 2018
During the interview, Messing shared that the black fashion choice was "to stand in solidarity with her sisters all over the globe and to honor the brave women who have come forward to share their stories of sexual harassment, assault and discrimination." It was also in support of the Time's Up movement.
Messing was not the only celebrity who called out E! for the gender pay inequity. "Big Little Lies" actress %cLaura Dern% also talked about the issue, saying, "We need the powers that be, and all the industries and all the networks, and E!, to help us with closing this pay gender gap. It's 50/50 by 2020."
%cEva Longoria% joined Messing and Dern as she gave a shout-out to Sadler on the E! red carpet interview, saying, "We support gender equity and equal pay and we hope that E! follows that lead with Cat as well. We stand with you, Cat." Meanwhile, %cSarah Jessica Parker% told %cRyan Seacrest% on the red carpet interview, "I know it's affected your network. I know that there have been conversations that have been challenging for all of us, but I think it's incredibly timely. It's exciting. And parity and equality and safe work environments, they shouldn't be controversial."