It’s the end of an era for Guiliana Rancic, as she steps down from E! News, says the network. Starting Monday, August 10, Rancic whose created her handful of controversy this year, will be departing the entertainment channel as a day-to-day anchor. She will, however, remain a mainstay on the team, continuing on as a co-host of E!’s Live From the Red Carpet and “Fashion Police.”
“For more than a decade, I was fortunate enough to play a role in the success of E! News and will miss my family at the show,” Rancic says. “At the same time, I am excited to not only continue as host of two major franchises on E! but also executive produce the aspirational new show Rich in Faith for Oxygen as well as take my wine and clothing lines to the next level.”
“This is such a thrilling time for me and I thank the gang at E! for understanding my desire to embark on this next chapter in my life.”
Adam Stotsky, E! general manager and president of Esquire Network released a statement of his own saying: “During her time here, Giuliana played an instrumental role in building E! News into a global entertainment news powerhouse and, while we will miss seeing her on set every day, we are delighted to continue to work with her on Fashion Police and Live From the Red Carpet.”
Earlier this year, Rancic made headlines when she made an off-color joke about Zendaya Coleman’s Oscars look and dreadlocks, saying Coleman looked like she smelled of “patchouli oil or weed.” Rancic was not only dragged through the mud on social media but she was allegedly the reason behind former co-host Kelly Osbourne’s “Fashion Police” exit.
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