Debra Messing called out E! about pay inequality directly Sunday night as the network interviewed her on the red carpet at the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards.
The Will & Grace actress criticized the network for its failure to pay women and men equally when asked why she was wearing black by Giuliana Rancic.
Many celebrities promised to wear black on the red carpet to stand in solidarity with the Time’s Up Movement, an effort by women in Hollywood to address sexual harassment.
“Time is up and we want diversity, we want intersectional gender parity, we want equal pay,” Messing said. “I was so shocked to hear that E! doesn’t believe in paying their female co-hosts the same as their male co-hosts.”
Last month, former E! News co-host Catt Sadler announced she was leaving the network after 12 years when she learned her co-host, Jason Kennedy, had been making nearly double her salary for several years.
Sadler said she asked for a raise and was denied.
E! later released a statement saying that it compensates employees fairly.
“I miss Catt Sadler, so we stand with her,” Messing said. “That’s something that can change tomorrow. We want people to start having this conversation that women are just as valuable as men.”