Giuliana Rancic’s will be leaving the network’s E! News show on August 10.
They have already lined up Maria Menounos to fill Giuliana’s shoes, which is sure to piss her off.
A source said of 40-year-old Giuliana, “They were over her. She received so much negative press about her weight, and then the Fashion Police debacle with Zendaya”.
E! insisted in an official statement that any animosity between the network and Giuliana, who started hosting duties on the network in 2005, was “inaccurate”.
Just months before Rancic’s departure announcement, she was embroiled in controversy over a “racist” comment.
Giuliana was hosting the Oscars and said that Zendaya Coleman’s hair (dreadlocks) looked like it would “smell of patchouli oil or weed”.
The joke wasn’t funny to many, including Rancic’s Fashion Police co-host Kelly Osbourne. She even quit Fashion Police.
Zendaya said that the comments were not only a large stereotype but outrageously offensive. But she accepted Giuliana’s apology.
Insiders reveal there has been tension between Giuliana and Maria over the past year.
The source said, “From day one, Giuliana took all the plum assignments. She tried to have Maria banished.”
Maria left a high-profile job as the host of Extra in order to take a new position at E! in 2014. She has co-hosted Live From E! since that time.
Giuliana announced she would be leaving the anchor position at E! News on Friday, with her final appearance coming in August.
In her statement she said, “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.”
Page Six reported on the friction between Rancic and Menounos, saying, “It’s the battle of the bitches. They’re like oil and water. They cannot stand each other. They’ve always been rivals.
“Maria sees Giuliana as competition and it goes back years. They never speak and they won’t appear on-set together. It’s kind of unspoken that if she is in the building, Giuliana wants nothing to do with her”.
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