I know first hand that dreams do come true. For the past twelve years, I’ve been living mine out loud as one of the hosts on E television.
For more than a decade I’ve walked through the doors at E and traveled into people's living rooms around the world. I’ve reported from a royal wedding, the olympics, and the Oscars. I’ve been to film festivals in France, movie premieres in Rio, and fashion week in Paris. I’ve gotten chased by the paparazzi on camera while shopping with Kris Jenner, co-hosted shows with Khloe, Kim and Kourtney, and interviewed Kendall and Kylie back in those early Keeping Up days when no one could remember their names. It has been unpredictable, intoxicating, rewarding… and hard work. Five days a week since February 2006. First, for The Daily 10 and later for E News.
Then this year happened. Daily Pop was born. I was named host earlier this year and that meant double duty. Hosting a live, two-hour daytime show while also hosting E News most nights. It was creatively challenging but also genuinely one of the most fulfilling years of my professional career.
And now, to the less part. Negotiations. I was appreciative when executives reached out this Fall to say they would be renewing my contract for a few more years. But coincidentally, around the same time, I learned how much my male equivalent at the network was making in comparison to me. It wasn’t a little more. Not just substantially more. I have it on very good authority that I had been making less than half what he has been for the last several years.
Information is power. Or it should be. We are living in a new era. The gender pay gap is shrinking, although admittedly we have a long way to go. And well, I learned this first hand. My team and I asked for what I know I deserve and were denied repeatedly.
Know your worth. I have two decades experience in broadcasting and started at the network the very same year as my friend and colleague that I so lovingly refer to as my “tv husband”. But how can I operate with integrity and stay on at E if they’re not willing to pay me equal to him? (Or even come remotely close?) How can I accept an offer that reflects they do not value my contributions and paralleled dedication all these years? How can I not echo the actions of my heroes and stand for what is right no matter what the cost?
It’s scary. I am a single mother of two boys. The unknown can be terrifying, but it can also be the most beautiful gift. Countless brave women have come forward this year to speak their truth. Females refuse to remain silent on issues that matter most because without our voices, how will we invoke lasting change? How can we make it better for the next generation of girls if we do not stand for what is fair and just today?
It was my desire to stay at my job. To continue entertaining our loyal viewers around the world. To keep working alongside some of the best writers, directors, and producers in the game. They have been my work family and I love them dearly. Unfortunately, however, my decision was made for me and I must go.
I will find more work. I will create content with meaning. I will continue to pursue my passions while making my children proud. The way I see it, I have an obligation to be an agent for change.
It was important for me to explain my departure. I did not want to disappear from your tv screens and have you wonder why. Thank you for your time all these years. Thank you for the support. Thank you for the constant exchange of ideas on social media as well. This chapter is over and a new one begins.
Big big love,