An E! Producer Claims She Was Fired For Airing Eva Longoria’s “You Guys Screwed Catt Sadler” Interview
Fired E! producer Aileen Gram-Moreno filed a complaint against her former employers with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Friday, according to The New York Times (via Variety). She’s claiming her dismissal was because she allowed Eva Longoria to slam E! live on air at the Golden Globes in January. Eva made it clear she’s in the corner of Catt Sadler, who left E! when she reportedly discovered her male co-host Jason Kennedy made a grip more than her. E! says that Aileen was axed because she sucked at her job. Who to believe? Keep in mind one of the parties involved inflicted the Kardashians on us.
In addition to insinuating that Aileen was one of those employees who’s always trying to hide Solitaire on her computer when the boss walks by, E!’s rep played with semantics.
E! executive Adam Stotsky told the Times that Gram-Moreno was let go for a “pattern of poor performance,” and the network pointed out that Gram-Moreno was a freelancer — thus technically not fired. Stotsky also denied that the network attempted to censor any interviews.
Hold up there, Stork, said Aileen’s lawyer.
Gram-Moreno’s attorney Katherine Atkinson fired back at those claims, telling Variety, “In the 12 years Aileen has been working on red carpet shows for E! they never once raised a performance issue. That is a convenient excuse for covering up attempts to silence women speaking out. Employers often attack women speaking out about discrimination — so I am disappointed in E! but not surprised.”
In her Golden Globes red carpet chat (with Ryan Seacrest of all people), Eva Longoria flew the “enough of this shit, boys” flag.
In an interview with Ryan Seacrest at the Globes, Longoria said, “We support gender equity and equal pay, and we hope that E! follows that lead with Catt as well. We stand with you, Catt.”
Ever since Debra Messing put hating Susan Sarandon on hold to go in on E! about their sexism while appearing on their network, Aileen says that she was ordered to cut any interviews mentioning the incident. This wasn’t easy which is why Eva supporting Catt (and managing not to slap Seacrest) aired.
But, she claimed, the number of prerecorded interviews was much higher than normal, as producers worried that Sadler’s name would continue to come up. The outsize workload, she said, made it impossible to thoroughly screen all the interviews.
Variety reports that Aileen filing the complaint is the first step in a future lawsuit against them.
Watch the interview in question below. E’s former greatest affront to humanity used to be the Kardashians. Now we’re witnessing the network allegedly screwing their female employees out of equal pay, and allegedly firing other female employees for not covering it up. We don’t even need to go into Ryan Seacrest’s alleged inability to keep his pants on around his stylists. Merely loathing E! for the Kardashians seems like the innocent days of yore now, eh?
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) January 8, 2018