A TV personality who has been a fixture on E! Entertainment — and a lightning rod for controversy, especially in recent months — is giving up her post as a host of “E! News.” USA Today reports that the cable network announced Giuliana Rancic will exit as day-to-day anchor, effective Monday, Aug. 10.
Rancic, who was heavily criticized for comments she made on “Fashion Police” about Zendaya’s hair, will remain a presence on E!, continuing to co-host “Fashion Police” and co-hosting E!’s “Live From the Red Carpet.”
Rancic sparked a race controversy in February when she criticized Zendaya’s dreadlocks, saying the hairstyle appeared as though it would smell “like patchouli oil” or “weed.” In the wake of her comments, Kelly Osbourne quit “Fashion Police.”
Rancic later apologized for the comments, but noted that she and her family received threats following the incident.
In the latest announcement, Rancic, who has co-hosted “E! News” with Terrence Jenkins, noted that she has a number of projects in the works, including a new series for Oxygen.
“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 said. “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.”