Zendaya Accepts Giuliana Rancic’s Apology for Dreadlocks Comment With MLK Quote

“Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that,” young star says

Singer and actress Zendaya released a statement Wednesday accepting “Fashion Police” host Giuliana Rancic‘s apology for bashing the young star’s dreadlocks on the E! show Monday night.

“Giuliana, I appreciate your apology and I’m glad it was a learning experience for you and for the network,” the former Disney star said in a message posted on Instagram and Twitter.

The statement came after Rancic issued an on-air mea culpa Tuesday night for suggesting the dreadlocks hairstyle Zendaya wore to Sunday’s Oscars looked like it “smelled like patchouli oil and weed,” comments that many — Zendaya included — took to be racially charged and offensive.

“This incident has taught me to be a lot more aware of cliches and stereotypes — how much damage they can do, and that I am responsible, as we all are, to not perpetuate them further,” Rancic said on “E! News.”

Zendaya encouraged her fans and supporters, including Hollywood figures like Chloe Grace Moretz and Whoopi Goldberg, to accept Rancic’s apology with a motivational quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that,” she wrote.

Meanwhile, Rancic’s “Fashion Police” co-star Kelly Osbourne has so far not addressed an earlier threat to leave the show over the kerfuffle. Osbourne tweeted that she was “seriously questioning staying” on the show, and gave the parties involved an ultimatum.

“Im giving everyone involved 24 hours to make it right or the world will hear how I really feel. contactually Im not allowed to speak! [sic]” Osbourne tweeted Tuesday.

Read Zendaya’s full statement below:

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