“I made a reference to the hippie culture. I talked about patchouli oil, which is a hippie perfume, and in the editing process some of the gestures I made and some of the things I said were taken out for time,” Rancic explained. “I made peace signs, I said bohemian twice — those were taken out for time. And so when the joke aired, some people were offended by it.”
Zendaya immediately fired back in a lengthy Instagram post after the segment aired.
“To say that an 18-year-old young woman with locks must smell like patchouli oil and weed is not only a large stereotype but outrageously offensive,” she wrote, adding that “certain remarks cannot go unchecked.”
“I do not condone racism, so as a result of this I’m seriously questioning staying on the show,” Osbourne wrote. “I’m giving everyone involved 24 hours to make it right or the world will hear how I really feel.”
Both Osbourne and Griffin have left the show since Rancic apologized for the incident.
“I think that’s really important for me to get that out there, because that’s been the hardest part of all of this, that someone could believe that I would have racial undertones in the thing I do. Absolutely not,” Rancic said. “I see why people took offense. I thought the joke was not edited in the proper way, and that’s just something I have to live with.”