Catt Sadler is leaving E! News.
PEOPLE confirmed Monday that the longtime E! host, who has been with the network for more than a decade, will be saying goodbye to the entertainment news program. “We wish Catt Sadler all the best in her endeavors following her decision to leave E! News,” an E! spokesperson told PEOPLE on Monday. “We will miss having Catt on set and appreciate her many contributions.”
Sadler, 43, also confirmed the news in a tweet, which she followed with a message of gratitude to her fans and co-host Jason Kennedy, with whom she hosted her last show on Tuesday.
“It’s true. Today will be my last day on #DailyPop and @enews. I hope you’ll tune in so I can thank you for the memories. I love you guys SO much it hurts,” she tweeted. “You’ve all got me crying like a baby. I’m reading every single message. I will respond to them all after I make it through this difficult day. I love you so much and your words are providing me so much comfort. xx See you on @enews later this eve with my friend @JasonKennedy1.”
“My gratitude runs so deep. My thank you to you the viewers on @enews tonight. I hope you’ll watch my farewell at 7 and 10:30p with @JasonKennedy1 xx” she wrote in a third tweet.
In the final moments of Tuesday’s episode, Kennedy and the on-air E! correspondents celebrated Sadler with a farewell champagne toast.
“It’s rare to have chemistry, it’s rare to just stand up next to someone and it just feels like it works and it’s fun and it’s easy and I felt that every day with you. There’s always a silver lining to all of this,” Kennedy said before the show aired footage of Sadler throughout her time on E! “I’ve shared a lot of tears with you over the last few days, but I’m going to see you all the time because we hang out — like we all do — outside of work, so that’s the good part. But you always challenged me to bring my A-game, you were always prepared and you just made me a better host.”
To say goodbye to E! News, Sadler reflected on her time on the program: “I literally remember the time I got the call, this was like 12 years ago on a snowy day in Indiana that I had gotten the job to come here to E!, which was literally at the time a total dream job.”
“I met some of my absolute best friends, like you – like all of you that are here right now — and I would get to see the world. I got to go on assignment and cover royal weddings and royal births and Olympics and film festivals and fashion week. It is literally like a pinch me out of body, true job of a lifetime,” she said.
She also gave a shout-out to the loyal viewers, her work family and the “best in the business” that she got to work with daily. “What people may not realize is that all of you, everyone that I just mentioned, have become my closest friends. So people say, ‘What will you miss the most?’ That is what I will miss the most are those friendships and being inspired every single day by the most talented group of people, the most hard-working people that work within these walls.”
Additionally, Sadler returned Kennedy’s compliment and thanked him for his friendship: “You are the epitome of a good human being and you have made me not just a better host but a better person. And you have been there through all my breakups. You have watched my children grow up right before your eyes and you have single-handedly made coming to work fun. Your laugh is infectious, so I don’t want you to cry. … It has been an honor sharing this room with you my friend. I love you. I’m going to stop talking. I had to do that. It’s been 12 years, so thank you for listening.”
In 2006, Sadler was hired as host of The Daily 10; years later she was later named host of E! News. Additionally, Sadler hosts Live from E! and E!’s Daily Pop.
In a previous interview with The Muse, Sadler, who studied broadcast journalism and got her start in Indianapolis, Indiana, said she “was discovered, to be honest.”
“When I was on the news in Indianapolis, I got a call from an agent at one of the most reputable firms in New York, and he told me — if fashion, arts, or entertainment is what you want to do, those jobs exist, they just don’t exist in Indiana. So we kind of orchestrated my career to get me out to the West Coast. My first full-time job was in San Francisco as an entertainment reporter. I was in there for four years, doing live shots, also anchoring, doing junkets in L.A. and New York, and interviewing celebrities for the first time,” said the mother of two, who later went on to book The Daily 10.
The journalist also offered advice to those who hope to follow in her footsteps and pursue a career in broadcast.
“My advice would be — and has always been to anyone doing this — is two things. One, is just to get habitual day-to-day practice. There is no other way to get really good at being on camera other than doing it over and over and over again. … Experience is such an asset, and doing it over and over and over again is your biggest teacher. I mean, when I started, I was horrible! ” admitted Sadler.
“The other thing that is important is being authentic and original — it is the only way to get noticed,” she added. “There are a million and one copycats out there, and everyone’s trying to do the same thing, so you just have to find your authentic voice.”
Page Six first reported the news of her exit.