Giuliana Rancic is leaving “E! News” after 10 years, the network announced on Wednesday.
Her last show as anchor will air on August 10. The departure is an abrupt one since Rancic signed a two-year deal last year that extended her contract as anchor and managing editor of E! News through April 2016.
“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 in a statement posted on E! Online. “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,” she added.
Adam Stotsky, E! general manager and president of Esquire Network, continued: “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.'”
Rancic was at the heart of a media firestorm earlier this year when she offended actress-singer Zendaya on “Fashion Police” by saying her dreadlocks hairstyle at the Academy Awards looked like it “smelled like patchouli oil and weed.” Many, including the Disney Channel alum, found the remark racially charged and offensive.
The scandal prompted “Fashion Police” co-host Kelly Osbourne to abruptly leave the E! show and Rancic later received death threats. “People were sending me pictures of the barrel of a gun saying, ‘I’m going to kill your family.’ It was awful,” she said.
Rancic, formerly Giuliana DePandi, was named as anchor of “E! News” in 2005, and in March 2006 she was joined by co-anchor Ryan Seacrest. She is also a co-founder of FabFitFun, a women’s health, beauty, and fashion website.
In 2014, she won the Daytime Emmy Award for Fan Favorite.