A television producer has contested her dismissal from celebrity news channel E! Entertainment, after one particular red carpet interview reportedly landed her in hot water.
According to the , freelance producer Aileen Gram-Moreno, who has worked with E! since 1990, filed a complaint with the Equal Opportunities Employment Commission, challenging her dismissal from the celebrity and entertainment channel.
In the complaint, as the New York Times explains, Gram-Moreno cites the clip above, suggesting that she was fired for airing the full interview as part of E!'s Golden Globes coverage, earlier this year.
In video above, an interview between E! host Ryan Seacrest and actresses Nicole Kidman, Eva Longoria and Reese Witherspoon, Longoria takes a swipe at E!, challenging them to take better steps towards pay parity and mentioning former E! host Catt Sadler.
TV host Catt Sadler very publicly left her job at the celebrity and entertainment channel, after she says she discovered that her male co-host out-earned her by a large amount.
In the clip, Longoria can be seen saying: 'We are [..] here for Time's Up. We support gender equity and equal pay and we hope that E! follows that lead with Catt as well. We stand with you Catt.'
If you want to see that part of the video, skip to 2.24.
Gram-Moreno says in her complaint that she was let go from the company (and replaced by a man) after allowing the clip of Longoria openly criticising E! to air, saying that she had been instructed to flag any mention of Catt Sadler, Time's Up or #MeToo.
'They said, if there's any mention of Catt in the preshow, make sure you flag it,' Ms. Gram-Moreno explained in an interview on Thursday. 'You're censoring celebrities; it's just not a good idea in my humble opinion. But it wasn't my decision.'
Apparently, she received a phone call five days later to tell her that she would no longer be working for E! at the SAG awards, Grammys or Oscars.
However, President of E! Entertainment, Adam Stotsky, said in an interview on Thursday that while he and the network disputed Ms. Sadler's claims of gender inequality and pay disparity, there was no effort to censor celebrities on the carpet.
E! has also cited 'performance issues' as the reason for Gram-Moreno's dismissal.