Debra Messing, Eva Longoria & Sarah Jessica Parker called out E! during their interviews

I multitask while watching red carpet interviews and awards shows, which makes me grateful when people point out things to us on Twitter. Thanks to You, Me, Everybody on Twitter for mentioning that E! got called out on the red carpet last night, during their own interviews (not NBC), by Debra Messing, Eva Longoria and Sarah Jessica Parker. I caught Messing’s comments but I wasn’t paying enough attention to the other two and would not have noticed them. E! was likely grateful that no one mentioned their correspondent Ken Baker’s harassment or the fact that The Royals was created and run by a known abuser and instead focused on the story that E! News correspondent Catt Sadler left the network after learning that she made significantly less than her co-host, Jason Kennedy.


First off, Debra Messing was very clear in calling out E! during her talk with Giuliana Rancic. Messing said “I was so shocked to hear that E! doesn’t believe in paying their female cohosts the same as their male cohosts… I miss Catt Sadler. So we stand with her. And that’s something that can change tomorrow. We want people to start having this conversation that women are just as valuable as men.” Giuliana didn’t directly address that, but she recovered well, she said “Absolutely and I think that’s really what this movement is all about.” Messing was wearing Christian Siriano by the way. This is another one of those “open skirt over pants” dresses, similar to Christina Hendricks’ Siriano gown last night. She’s a badass.

During interviews with Ryan Seacrest, (who has absolutely no business doing red carpet interviews, they should send Kristin dos Santos to do that job), both Eva Longoria and Sarah Jessica Parker mentioned E!’s mistreatment of Catt. At least Eva did, I’m not sure if that’s specifically what SJP was referring to. Here are Eva’s comments to Ryan. In case you can’t listen to this, Eva was being interviewed along with Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman. She said “At Time’s Up with support gender equity and equal pay, and we hope that E! follows that lead with Catt. We stand with you Catt!” At that point Ryan said “We love Catt, love her” and then he ended the interview. Hmmm. Eva is pregnant as we heard right before Christmas and she stunned in that deep v-neck floor length gown by Genny with full sleeves and a high leg slit.


Sarah Jessica Parker’s comments were a little more convoluted and she delivered them with her hands on Seacrest’s shoulders, but she did call out E! too and many people noticed. They also said Seacrest was shook. She said, in part, “I know its affected your network… parity and equality and safe work environments shouldn’t be controversial.Dolce & Gabbana” Damn! She’s in Dolce & Gabbana, and we’ve seen this look from her before. In the past she’s refused to identify as feminist so I hope she’s changed her mind on that. (Incidentally I couldn’t find video of this yet, if you’ve seen the video please comment with it.)


Incidentally, E! sends us press release recaps of their red carpet interviews. They didn’t include anything this year on Debra, Eva or SJP.


Photos credit: WENN, Pacific Coast News and Getty

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  1. Lori says:

    Thats so sneaky of E to exclude them from the recaps wow.

    • Nicole says:

      As if twitter and the entire internet doesn’t have those moments memed already lol

    • Annabelle Bronstein says:

      It kind of sums up E’s whole strategy here: give this movement as little air as possible and hope it passes quickly! Sorry, E, you need to step it up and get some content that empowers women.

    • INeedANap says:

      The phrasing and placement of that statement from @Celebitchy reads as elegant shade. I love it.

    • Sparkly says:

      That’s messed up, and I’m glad Celebitchy is calling them out on it too.

      • Lahdidahbaby says:

        Amen. That’s awful. Unfortunately, it’s pervasive and unless we hit it hard wherever and whenever we see it, it’s gonna take forever to see any real change in this rampant disparity all across the board.

  2. Tanguerita says:

    I think wearing D&G is sending all the wrong signals – I would boycott them.

    • Rinny says:

      What did I miss about D&G?

      • KBB says:

        Dolce said they opposed gay adoptions and condemned in vitro fertilization, calling IVF babies “synthetic.” He talked about “chemical offsprings” and “rented uteruses” and said the only family is a traditional one (it should be noted D&G are both gay). A lot of celebrities have stopped wearing their clothes as a result. Elton John called for a boycott and Chrissy Tiegen recently said she stopped wearing D&G.

        Gabbana said later that he had separate views from Dolce on IVF and gay adoption and they gave a half-hearted apology.

        SJP hired a surrogate to have her twins. Or “rented a uterus” as Dolce would say. 🙄

      • magnoliarose says:

        They are the Stephen Miller’s (45’s Jewish sidekick who hates Jews) of the fashion industry. I dislike them both and think they peaked in the early to mid-90s.
        I hate this dress. SJP’s look is a mess.

    • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

      Agree, on top of the fact that it is hideous and utterly unflattering. Their relative demise may have begun.

  3. V4Real says:

    Why does Sarah insist on dressing like she’s a 16 year old princess?

    • Alexandria says:

      Princess? That made her body kinda look like a duck. It doesn’t mean her body is bad, the dress didn’t compliment her. But her choice of designer on the other hand, is bad.

    • Hh says:

      I don’t mind her quirky fashion sense because it doesn’t look twee or too young. It her eye makeup?! She needs a new look. Her Smokey eye is not something that ages well.

      • minx says:

        Her eye makeup makes her eyes look smaller. And that center parted hair with the dark roots isn’t flattering to her face/nose.

      • Pandy says:

        Seriously, hair, make up and dress is all wrong on SJP! Good on these ladies for calling out E!

    • Taxi says:

      SJP has always loved those very full skirts. Sadly, this one has way too much fabric for anyone as short as she is (except skaters & ballerinas.) It’s time to cut the hair too.

    • holly hobby says:

      I’m surprised her feet are so veiny! I look down at the shoes and saw her feet and can’t look away. I guess it’s true what they say. You can get plastic surgery to make you look younger but the hands and now, feet, is a dead giveaway.

      Not a fan of smokey eye makeup.

      • imqrious2 says:

        Those ropey hands/feet are a sign of over-exercising/dieting. Remember when Madonna was on her 6 hours a day/Tracy whatshername kick, and her arms/hands got REALLY veiny and ropey? That’s a result of exercising/dieting out all your body fat.

  4. Nicole says:

    Debra was one of the first interviews of the night and I was shocked that she went there and yet pleased

  5. Neelyo says:

    SJP = BJH (Baby Jane Hudson)

    That dress, the hair, the makeup…all of it needs a major update.

  6. JaneDoesWork says:

    LMFAO at Reese Witherspoon’s face. She’s shooting Ryan Seacrest some kind of look. Good for all of them!!

  7. Lucy2 says:

    Good for them for pressing the issue!
    Side note I don’t care for Sarah’s look.

  8. GreenTurtle says:

    The bodice to skirt ratio on SJP’s dress is all kinds of wrong and the whole length of the dress itself does her no favors. Chica isn’t the tallest, but she looks about 2 feet tall here. I can’t help but be fond of SJP even though she makes me roll my eyes a lot. I don’t know what it is. Is there such a thing as an irrational like list, lol?

    • minx says:

      I used to feel that way with her….I liked her even though the Carrie character was insufferable. But after the Kim Cattrall feud a few months ago, I like SJP a lot less.

  9. Jensays says:

    I’m in Indonesia right now (Monday night) and I’m watching the E “live” red carpet bit on t.v. … and all the Catt support and E-callouts from Eva, Debra and Sarah were cut out. Smh

  10. African Sun says:

    I think they are being a bit self-righteous. Did they ever call Catt out by name before? Probably not.

    Still love SJP.

  11. LittlefishMom says:

    SJP always stands like she has to pee.

  12. Anastasia says:

    I LOVE Debra Messing’s hair. I want it.

  13. Nello says:

    Thanks for that link! Seacrest looked very uncomfortable during all these moments and I loved it!! But I didn’t hear SJP mention D&G. Also why is wearing them if their ignorant and nasty comments offend her (as they should!)? A Westwood gown wasn’t available to her? I love her in Westwood.

    • magnoliarose says:

      I love Westwood. I have some “vintage” stuff of hers, and I was happy when the retro 90s came around so I could wear them. I have a plaid dress I am trying to make up a reason to wear. lol
      SJP needs a new makeup artist STAT.
      We passed triage a long time ago, and we are now at the trauma center.

  14. JustJen says:

    Why is SJP standing like that in the last pic?? She looks like she almost fell and just caught herself, does she not know how to stand in heels? That’s a dumb look for a young girl, let alone a 50 year old woman. Geez

  15. Ozogirl says:

    I applaud these women for calling out E! I wish the men would as well.

  16. Sequinedheart says:

    I am living for this outfit. This is classic SJP. Perfect. I love when someone wears their true style. That’s her, whether you would wear it or not, it’s so good.

  17. Taxi says:

    Debra has over-filled and/or over-‘toxed. Her face looks very different than it did previously.

    • Sequinedheart says:

      Yah, her brow had some crazy shadowing on it, like overfilled all along the brow line and I was wondering what she had done to it.

  18. Valiantly Varnished says:

    SJP looked like she was playing dress up and her character was a 16 year old going to a winter formal. I don’t mind the length (Elizabeth Moss wore a similar cut that worked better). But all the extra flouf is unnecessary and actually ages her. And Debra is a bad *ss for call E! out on their own network. Eva’s dress kind of made her look like a brick. She has a straight up and down shape and couple that with the baby bump I don’t think the dress did her any favors.

  19. Peanut Gallery says:

    What on earth is going on with that weird line between Debra Messing’s eyebrows?? That really doesn’t seem like a wrinkle to me. That’s almost like filler or botox gone bad. Super obvious and super bad.

  20. Hyacinth says:

    SJP I’m living for you calling out Seacrest! He was staring her down because women have always been less powerful than him and I think he wanted to host the red carpet just so he could intimidate and challenge them to dare hint at his own sexual harassment and problems at E!. But she was like don’t zone out and stare me down! Let me grab you by the shoulders and speak to YOU and not your fake persona! And his neck looked red in the front so I think it did embarrass him. You could see the disgust in his face talking about MeToo, he hates it that he’s losing ways to wield power over women around him. God, I hope this keeps up!