Catt Sadler Slams E! for Firing Red-Carpet Producer (EXCLUSIVE)

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Former E! host Catt Sadler has condemned the firing of a producer who allowed criticism of the cable channel to air during its Golden Globes red-carpet coverage. “It’s disappointing that any network would order the censorship of opinions,” Sadler told Variety Saturday. “But it’s particularly disturbing in this case because we are at a cultural […]

E! Producer Says She Was Fired for Letting Eva Longoria’s Comments About Catt Sadler Air

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A former E! producer says she was fired for allowing criticism of the network on the Golden Globes red carpet go to air.

The night of the awards, multiple actresses, including Debra Messing and Eva Longoria, voiced solidarity with Catt Sadler, the former “E! News” host who left the network claiming pay inequity with her male counterparts. (E! has denied the accusation that she was unfairly compensated).

The producer, Aileen Gram-Moreno, has filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, saying she was unfairly dropped by the network after letting Longoria’s comments air and was replaced by a male producer with a higher title, according to the New York Times.

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Gram-Moreno, a freelancer, had been booked for a number of upcoming awards shows, including the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the Grammys and the Oscars, bookings which were canceled by an unnamed executive producer after the night of the Globes.

E! denies that criticism of the network had anything to do with the decision not to bring Gram-Moreno back for future red carpet coverage, citing instead a “pattern of poor performance.”

According to the network, Gram-Moreno was tasked with screening interviews and was asked by a supervisor to flag mentions of Sadler, and Longoria’s interview went unflagged. E! Entertainment president Adam Stotsky said in an interview with the Times that the producer was supposed to “screen all of the assets completely and obviously she failed to do that.”

“For the past decade Aileen Gram Moreno was a freelancer who worked an average of 20 days per year solely for our red carpet coverage,” an E! spokesperson said in a statement to TheWrap. “After the Golden Globes she was asked not to return due to job performance issues. Following an attempt to force E! to pay for her silence Ms. Moreno is now spreading misleading and inaccurate information.”

An individual familiar with the situation told TheWrap that prior to filing the complaint, Gram-Moreno made multiple failed attempts to secure a “seven-figure” settlement.

Also Read: E! Still Stands by Ryan Seacrest, Investigation Included Man Who Says He Witnessed Misconduct

E!’s red carpet coverage at the Oscars has already been under a microscope. Earlier this week, new details of Ryan Seacrest sexual misconduct accusations made by a former “E! News” stylist were made public.

In response, the network said those allegations had been investigated by a third party last year — an investigation which turned up “insufficient evidence to support the claims” — and confirmed that Seacrest would continue to host the networks red carpet coverage as planned.

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Time’s Up Stays Strong for Oscars as Catt Sadler, Ronan Farrow, Heather Graham Unite (Photos)

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Catt Sadler, Ronan Farrow and Heather Graham were among the leading names and faces of the #TimesUp and #MeToo movements at a Soho House gathering on Thursday night. The packed event honoring Women in Hollywood and benefitting Time’s Up drew star support from all corners of the entertainment ecosystem:  film, TV, journalism, music comedy and reality.

New Vanity Fair editor Radhika Jones (left) and superstar creative Ava DuVernay (right) hosted the event.

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Catt Sadler, who walked away from a job at E! that countless mic-wielding wannabes aspire to, is a significant get. She’ll be back on-air on Oscar night hosting Vanity Fair’s livestream from inside their famed party.

Also Read: Jennifer Lawrence Supports Catt Sadler After E! Exit Over Pay Gap

Ronan Farrow (posing here with actress Isabelle Fuhrman) is a metaphorical Paul Revere. His ten-month investigation on Harvey Weinstein published in the New Yorker days after the initial New York Times story turned a scandal in to a flashpoint.

Also Read: 7 Biggest Shockers in Ronan Farrow’s New Yorker Story About Trump and Karen McDougal

Heather Graham poses on the impromptu red carpet.

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Mary McCormack, Aisha Tyler, and Chelsea Handler.

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“Me Too” founder Tarana Burke and “Creed” and “Thor:Ragnarok” actress Tessa Thompson.

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The scene inside Soho House, rarely used or photographed for these type of major events.

On the left, VF Executive West Coast Editor Krista Smith with Zendaya. On the right, Caitlyn Jenner.

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Padma Lakshmi, who recently crowned the latest winner of “Top Chef,” is more of an Emmy weekend regular, not the Oscars. She was amongst the “leading and inspirational” women invited to the event co-produced by VF and advertising partner Lancôme Paris.

This was not a women-only event. Rita Wilson with Paul Feig. These two go back to 1996’s “That Thing You Do!” directed by Mr. Rita Wilson, Tom Hanks.

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Gaby Hoffmann and Connie Britton. Hoffman’s “Transparent” has been rocked by the allegations against Jeffrey Tambor and his subsequent departure from the show.

Showing support from all corners of the industry, former reality star Whitney Port and fashion commentator Louise Roe were in the mix. Belvedere vodka cocktails and a new female focused Johnnie Walker (“Jane Walker”) were also in the mix as beverage partners on the night.

Alia Shawkat, Aubrey Plaza, and Zoe Kravitz demonstrate three different ways to sort of smile.

Chris Mitchell is the VF Publisher and architect of an elaborate week of nightly sponsor-driven activations featuring the magazine’s advertisers. Partnering with films and philanthropies, they colonize the city’s choice venues for events that are independent of the magazine’s glossy Oscar night bash. Here, he poses with Mindy Kaling.

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J. Alexander and Kat Graham.

It-girl Paris Jackson, “Stranger Things’” Joe Keery, and Maika Monroe.

Nina Dobrev steps in with Clifton Collins Jr.

Sarah Hyland and Selma Blair.

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Oscar parties are just beginning. For TheWrap’s full preview on where the nominees will be celebrating before and after the show, click over to here:

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Scarlett Johansson, Alfre Woodard, Laverne Cox and Olivia Munn Set to Join Women’s March

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Scarlett Johansson, Alfre Woodard, Laverne Cox and Olivia Munn are among the famous names joining Women’s March L.A. on Jan. 20 to support women’s rights, human rights, civil liberties and social justice.

This is the second annual march through the streets of downtown Los Angeles, which started last year as part of a worldwide protest in the wake of President Trump taking office.

Other stars set to join this year’s march include Chloe Bennet, Rowan Blanchard, Yvette Nicole Brown, Sophia Bush, Lea DeLaria, Tony Goldwyn, Paris Jackson, Megan Mullally, Nicole Richie, Catt Sadler, Adam Scott, Olivia Wilde and Larry Wilmore, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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A year into the Trump presidency, there has never been more focus on women’s rights and gender equality has never been greater in light of the multiple sexual harassment accusations that have rocked Hollywood and sparked the #MeToo and #TimesUp campaigns.

Female empowerment dominated the Golden Globes last Sunday as countless stars wore head-to-toe black protesting sexual assault, abuse and harassment in Hollywood, and supporting those who have spoken out about these issues. This comes after heavyweights like Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Dustin Hoffman, Louis C.K., Morgan Spurlock, and many more of have been accused of sexual misconduct.

Also Read: Golden Globes: Viewers Rip Red Carpet Hosts for Not Enough #MeToo and #TIMESUP Questions

Idina Menzel, Andra Day, Rachel Platten, Maxwell, and the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles with Melissa Etheridge are also expected to perform at Women’s March Los Angeles,

The event begins at 8:30 a.m. in Pershing Square, with the march beginning at 10 a.m. and concluding in Grand Park around 3 p.m. It’s also expected to stream on Facebook Live.

Also Read: Read Oprah’s Full Golden Globes #MeToo, #TIMESUP Speech

It is estimated that between 3,267,134 and 5,246,670 people participated in the Women’s March in the United States in January 2017.

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E! Pushes Back At Debra Messing Remarks About Pay Gender Inequality During Rose McGowan Panel At TCA

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E! network appeared to have been embarrassed at TCA on Tuesday when a reporter asked Rose McGowan, maybe the loudest voice in the #MeToo movement, if she was uncomfortable working on her docuseries Citizen Rose with a network that just got dinged for not paying female hosts same as male hosts.
“That came about after I had done my deal,” McGowan said. “I will say, let me hang out awhile; maybe things will change.”
 
She continued, “That is systemic, and you can call it out…