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.
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Chrissy Teigen is a social media queen, active model and appeals to men and women in ideal ways for advertisers. She'd be pure gold on "Fashion Police." Plus, we'd get the song stylings of John Legend at no extra cost, right?
Lauren Conrad is a massive brand despite her absence from reality television for more than 10 years. She'd activate nostalgia and appeal to a newer, younger audience. Young women love her style and hair -- it's time for a TV comeback, without Heidi Montag, of course.
Stassi Schroeder may not be high-brow, but she's must-watch television. Plus, her resume isn't just "Vanderpump Rules," she's also a legit fashion columnist. Schroeder is not exactly too hard on the eyes, either -- and in case you missed it, TV is a visual medium.
Merle Ginsberg of The Hollywood Reporter is a dogged fashion reporter with a unique look. She'd probably even let a few legendary stories slip in between outfit critiques. Getting a real journalist on set will probably reduce some of the "patchouli oil and weed" slip-ups too. Or at least it couldn't hurt.
Olivia Palermo was the breakout star of MTV's "The City," and continues to stun on red carpets and appearances thanks to her comely husband and her own beauty. The show needs a socialite, and anyone who identifies as a "socialite" needs a job.
Whitney Cummings could be a worthy replacement for the late, great Joan Rivers but it begs the same question in regards to Kathy Griffin's hire -- why try? Plus, Cummings co-created "2 Broke Girls," so she's (ironically) probably not hard up for money.
Chelsea Peretti truly is one of the greats. If she cared at all about the world of fashion, it'd be an amazing -- and totally take-down -- kind of show. We could live off of her tweets alone, but no matter what, "Fashion Police" -- do NOT take Gina Linetti off of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."
Natasha Leggero is equally bitter sass and girly delight. She's softer than Cummings but, frankly, not enough of a name for the panel. What she may lack in recognizability though is a distinct sense of style. No jokes here, Leggero has those covered.
Comedian Iliza Schlesinger actually tries to not be glamorous during many of her stand-up specials, but she cleans up nicely and would make a solid addition to the "Fashion Police" lineup. That said, on a day-to-day basis, she may be more qualified to take clothing advice than dish it out.
Stacy London was the co-host of "What Not to Wear," so this could be a mutually beneficial hire, with "Fashion Police" getting a bonafide clothing consultant and London gathering Hollywood fodder.
Carson Kressley could probably use the regular gig, and everyone loved "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy," right? Let's get some men critiquing men, shall we? #pocketsquares
First of all, everyone loves Clinton Kelly, so there's that. Plus, "Fashion Police" couldn't hurt from a male presence, so how he hasn't been hired yet is actually kind of surprising. Kelly shared "What Not to Wear" duties with London -- how about a two-fer/reunion?
Rachel Zoe has a treasure trove Hollywood clients, so she's no stranger to judging how a gown hangs off an A-lister's shoulders. Bravo's "The Rachel Zoe Project" was in the NBCU family. Added bonus: Forced reunion with frenemy Brad Goreski. Meow.
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