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Giuliana Rancic Apologizes to Zendaya Live on Air for Offensive Comments About Her Dreadlocks (Video)

Giuliana Rancic Apologizes to Zendaya Live on Air for Offensive Comments About Her Dreadlocks (Video)

Giuliana Rancic is taking responsibility for offensive comments she made about Zendaya‘s hair on E’s Fashion Police following the 2015 Oscars.

The 40-year-old television personality apologized during a brief E! News segment, which you can watch below.

“I’d really like to address something that’s weighing really heavy on my heart. I want to apologize for a comment that I made on last night’s Fashion Police about Zendaya‘s hair,” she said. “As you know, Fashion Police is a show that pokes fun at celebrities in good spirit, but I do realize that something I said last night did cross the line.”

Giuliana continued, “I just want everyone to know that I didn’t intend to hurt anybody, but I learned it’s not my intent that matters. It’s the result. And the result is people are offended, including Zendaya. And that is not OK. Therefore, I want to say to Zendaya, and anyone else out there that I hurt, that I’m so sincerely sorry. This really has been a learning experience for me. I learned a lot today and this incident has taught me to be a lot more aware of cliches and stereotypes, and how much damage they can do. And that I am responsible, as we all are, to not perpetuate them further. Thank you for listening.”

Zendaya took to social media last night to explain her thoughts on Giuliana‘s offensive comments. Her friend Kelly Osbourne later threatened to leave Fashion Police if it didn’t get resolved.


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  • Askars_lvr

    This emaciated woman has no right to be throwing stones into other people’s glass houses. She should take a very hard look at herself in the mirror before judging others. She herself looks awful!

  • Ellie

    Your comment makes you no better than Rancic. Quit judging people on their appearance—

  • NYC Friend

    Well said, G!!! As a fan of Fashion Police, I knew there was no malice in your comment but you took accountability for your actions and apologized.. Time to move on, people!

  • Benny Ehud

    She should be replaced by Maria Menounos TODAY.

  • Shenanigans

    she changed her face…it looks better.

  • Violet

    Anyone bullying her because of her appearance makes you no better. That being said the apology sounded sincere, I hope she takes this as a lesson learned.

  • j k

    God no

  • Meg G

    I think it is time for Giuliana to take a break. She has really been messing up lately. The George Clooney tequila debacle, this situation, and the fact that she looks so scary skinny and unhealthy are all red flags. She really needs to regroup, get healthy and spend some time with her son.

  • gradybridges

    And how are you any better? She was in no danger of being fired. She did this to kill the non story.

  • jane

    agree. perhaps personal issues are resulting in these job mishaps. step back. reevaluate. and come back better.

  • louflo

    Why is it that Guiliana is being torn to shreds for her comments yet no one is calling out sean penn for his racist comments at the Oscars. Is there a double standard and Sean Penn gets a pass becausr he is a man and is allowed to make ignorant comments and pass it off as a “joke”. Or is it that sean penn gets a pass because his racist comment was about a hispanic person.
    Is discrimation /racist remarks only worthy of a headline when it is against an African American or a Jew?

  • SaraJ

    However Giuliana does it all the time. She mentions the girl’s “body” in about 98% of her critiques – either it’s a horrid mess (because it hugs in a wrong place, according to her) or it hides all her “flaws” and “draws the eye to her good feature, which is __” or “her body looks amaaazing after baby”.
    She is all about body, not heart. I wish she’d get fired.

  • bfloyd47

    That was one of the most believable and heartfelt apologies I’ve ever seen. I imagine the set of “Fashion Police” is pretty high energy, and in the moment the repartee no doubt often goes over the line, and things are said. She owned up.

  • disqus_Vf4fNFMOQf

    TEAM GIULIANA ALL THE WAY !!!!!!!!!!!!! Please please please quit Kelly
    – I have been hoping you would – i can barely stand to look at your old
    lady hair and ugly T-shirt tops – You are the worst fashion
    representative i have ever seen !!! See if Zendaya has a job for you !!

  • disqus_Vf4fNFMOQf

    Hope you enjoy that Menounos laugh – Good golly!

  • gradybridges

    Penn is a woman beater but his comments weren’t racist. He’s friends with the director.

  • kellyf

    We love any reason to get our pitchforks out in phony outrage and rarely care whose reputations and even livelihoods we hurt along the way. I’m embarrassed at what we’ve become. What she said was only mildly offensive and if Zendaya was as mature as everyone’s claiming, she would have reached out to her personally to clear it up and express her hurt instead of taking her to task on Instagram and Twitter for millions of people to watch.

  • kellyf

    Uh no, menounos is insufferable, and she embarrassed the entire network at the SAGs. They’re not letting her near a microphone again anytime soon.

  • Baseliner

    EAT SOMETHING!

  • Benny Ehud

    What did she do at the SAG awards LOL I keep hearing she did poorly. I just think she looks good.

  • TeamBella76

    ok thanks now go away !

  • VanityInsecurity

    The show Fashion Police is idiotic, offensive & this outcome was bound to happen when you go around judging harshly on people’s exterior. I hope the show gets off the air.

  • VanityInsecurity

    I so agree with you! What he said to Alejandro was so racist & demeaning. But the double standard is alive & real.

  • Anna

    Why did she apologize? Everyone has the right to express opinion. This is how we do in Poland. But of course in hollywood everyone must make the best of a bad game.

  • Eric Coco

    I think is not Giuliana the main issue but the show Fashion Police that constantly bully celebrity for being them self and their own vision of style. I feel Fashion Police should pull the plug once for all. We are aiming for equality and being ourself so nobody should judge you or make fun of you for that.

  • person

    yes- fashion police is not good! The should not have a show dedicated to picking people apart and criticizing them. It is so weird. It is not fun to watch. And always think- who are you people ( Kelly Giulinana and all) to criticize how others look? With Kellys weird hair and G’s own issues– it just seems so mean, Plus, they criticize random things about people- then they interview them on the carpet- it sets up a very bullying dynamic, And they claim to be so tolerant and supportive of gender and other issues- but they are just bullying people.

  • Gina

    Oh, please. Giuliana racially offended her on a public forum so Zendaya called her out & let her know it was not o.k on a public forum. The world needs to know when things are not o.k so that they learn from it. There is NOTHING phony about being outraged over a racist comment. In fact, people need to be called out more for this behavior.

  • Gina

    Nobody should have the right to express a racist opinion and get away with it unchecked.

  • Gina

    Nobody should have the right to express a racist opinion and get away with it unchecked.

  • Ellie

    A lot of people don’t think it was a racist comment. Thoughtless, maybe—mean-spirited, yes—but not racist. Unfortunately as long as you have a show like Fashion Police where people think it’s funny to ridicule and mock others, you’re going to have this problem. Stop watching and maybe the show will be cancelled.

  • Gina

    Correction, ‘ a lot of WHITE people don’t think it was racist.’ White people who know NOTHING about the black experience & the black struggle will NEVER understand the ways in which society continues to offend us. It’s pure ignorance.

  • Angelia Graham

    This apology is unacceptable, you are an anorexic big forehead nasty BITCH.

  • matt

    She’s trying to save her job she’s not really sorry

  • person

    but somehow I do feel kinda sorry for Giuliana! I mean, she should not have said that and the things they all say are offensive. But she is a good E newsperson- usually professional. She looks like she is overworked and unhealthy and I feel badly for her. Now she has to deal with lots of flak. I do feel a little sorry for her.

  • Sandra Christou

    i am not her fan but I feel that she meant what she said…she made a huge mistake, she felt bad about it and apologized…i don’t want to believe that she did it to save her job, i don’t know if her job was in jeopardy, but i believe in people who feel bad and apologize…we are all human, we make mistakes and if we can fix them by apologizing its the best thing we can do…for all those who make fun of her and criticize her appearance , that makes you worst than her…you are making fun of a person who might have a serious illness…she might doesn’t…so for those who think that she has anorexia and make fun of her, to me its like making fun of someone who has cancer…to you it might doesn’t sound as serious as cancer (its not serious for the healthy people) but for those who can’t control their mind, it is as serious as cancer because they can lose their life from it…

  • kellyf

    People are on instagram saying that they hope Giuliana’s young son gets cancer. I don’t think I need to mention their races. But you’re probably right, a 3 year old child deserves that. Good for Zendaya.

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/cigo8179 Christopher I. Gomes

    If SNL doesn’t make fun of this ridiculousness. I will never watch again. #CTFU

  • Dave S.

    Well said, louflo
    Joan Rivers’ The Fashion Police is a satirical show and meant to poke fun at Everyone and the moment someone says, racism, all the sirens come on and the shit hits the fan.
    I say BS to this but then again, I think dreadlocks look ridiculous but, that’s my opinion and by God, I have a right to that opinion.
    Black people constantly (in movies, T.V. shows and as stand-up comedians) make racist remarks about white people a lot and not a damn word is EVER said about that, EVER. And yes, I’m using the word blacks because, black people are no more African American then, white people are European American.
    Thing is (IMO), racism is never going away unless all people of the world are one day all the same color and race.
    Zendaya is very attractive and I doubt it would matter what style she has her hair, she would still be very attractive.
    Fact is; there are actor, celebrity and rich people critics everywhere 24/365 and it comes with the job of being in the spotlight. Some can take it, some can’t.
    Giuliana tried to make a joke as the fashion police are paid to do and it flopped, because Zendaya couldn’t take it.
    How many times do we see headlines of some white person bitching about a racist remark made about them by a black person?

  • Danae

    Oh really? I think there’s been a major backlash at these two lead actresses (or rather, their absence at the auditorium right at the moment when the movie received the Oscar) from this Polish movie and some TV personality apologized nearly INSTANTLY after making some nasty comment about that situation.

  • Gina

    Wrong again kellyf. You’ve clearly missed the point & are looking to victimize Giuliana. Zendaya is not responsible for other people’s actions, only her own; and she addressed the situation with maturity and class. Giuliana was disgusting and vile in her racist comments and she alone is responsible for opening the floodgates of horrible comments about her son. A 3 year old doesn’t deserve that but that is fully Giuliana’s fault, not Zendaya’s. The fact that you are quick to blame the black girl speaks volumes. You didn’t want her to go public because people like you want to sweep racism under the rug. Well not today kelly, not today.

  • kellyf

    Settle down, I never want racism swept under the rug, that’s a brazen accusation to make about a person you know nothing about, and it’s just as damaging as continuing to assume that Giuliana meant her comment to be racist even after she said she didn’t and apologized for the hurt it caused. Spend some time looking inwardly and stop worrying about Giuliana. I will also never stop believing that social media is the wrong place to handle your problems, because it unnecessarily drags other people into it.

  • Gina

    Honey take your own advice and stop worrying about Giuliana. She can handle herself without you victimizing her. The fact that Giuliana was ignorant to the fact that her comment was racist is even worse. She is the one who needs to look inward, and quite frankly, so do you. I can’t believe you are brazen and insensitive enough to victimize the person who said the racist comment all the while vilifying the true victim(s) (i.e Zendaya and all the other black people that were offended). I can’t help but notice your hypocrisy when you say that social media “unnecessarily drags other people into it” while currently allowing yourself to be dragged into it. Get it together, hon.

  • kellyf

    I’m sorry you feel that way. Anger is a heavy load to carry around.

  • Gina

    So is blissful ignorance. The irony is, it’s a load you don’t even know you’re carrying lol.

  • kellyf

    Some would argue that it’s ignorant to assume everyone who disagrees with you is ignorant. Contrary to your assertion, I spend a lot of time looking inwardly at what prejudices I have and how to leave them behind me and how to treat people with decency and respect. I just don’t think Giuliana’s comment was racist. That doesn’t make me ignorant. Most people associate dreads, weed and patchouli oil with hippies, not with any one race. I also believe that people deserve the benefit of the doubt when they say they didn’t mean to offend and apologize for their words. I just don’t believe in hanging on to hate for people. Like I said, I’m sorry that you think that makes me ignorant. We’re going to have to agree to disagree on that, because I’ll never think hate is worth hanging on to.

  • Gina

    Let’s be clear. I don’t think you are ignorant simply because you disagree with me, I think you are ignorant because you are unaware of the racial implications of Guiliana’s comments as it pertains to the history of African hair and hairstyles. You are either unaware or simply don’t care. It’s easy for someone to say hate & hurt is not worth hanging on to when they don’t experience the daily burdens that come with being black.

  • kellyf

    I’m aware that there are people who associate the two, I’m not ignorant about that. But a very large number of people don’t make that association, and it’s my opinion that Giuliana wasn’t implying one, especially given the extended version of what she said that was just reported, where she made it perfectly clear she was implying nothing about race. Don’t assume I don’t know what it’s like to be a minority race. Not everyone who denies this was racist is white.

  • Gina

    Well, a large number of people (including white people) did make that association and that is not to be dismissed. Don’t assume that the people who were offended were quick to cry racism or that they were all black. I’m glad that Giuliana’s full comments were released as it does seem to be less racially charged. With that said, let this be a lesson to everyone on how things can take on different meanings based on how they are worded, edited, and who they are said about.