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11/19/2014 12:26 pm ET Updated Nov 19, 2014

E!'s Catt Sadler: The Context Of Kim Kardashian's Paper Mag Cover Makes It Art

Before knowing the story behind Kim Kardashian's scandalous Paper Magazine cover, Catt Sadler was skeptical.

"The truth is, if I'm really speaking truthfully, at first I was probably like anybody else," the E! News correspondent told HuffPost Live on Tuesday. "I was like, 'Oh no, really? Really really?' I gasped for air.'"

The photoshoot, which featured a fully naked Kardashian, sparked outrage across the web and even in Hollywood. "Glee" star Naya Rivera left Kim K a comment on Instagram to express her disapproval of the revealing image, writing "you're somebody's mother."

But it was when Sadler learned how the Paper spread was conceived that she realized she was actually a fan of the daring project.

"They were at Paris fashion week, and she was with this famed photographer and everybody left the room -- all the publicists and entourage and whatnot -- and it was really about recreating this artistic moment," she explained.

Looking at the photos with this newfound context led Sadler to see that the pictures weren't, in fact, "overtly sexual."

"It felt very whimsical and it looks very tongue-in-cheek and very fun," she said. "This isn't Playboy. It's more just fun."

And what's most important is that Mrs. Kardashian-West is comfortable with the revealing shots, Sadler affirmed.

"At the end of the day, I mean, say what you will, haters gonna hate, but if she feels good about it, then good on her," she said.

Watch more from Catt Sadler's HuffPost Live conversation here.

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