Giuliana Rancic issues on-air apology for comments about Zendaya
Fashion Police co-host Giuliana Rancic issued an on-air apology on E! News on Tuesday for comments she made about singer and actress Zendaya.
On Monday night’s episode of Fashion Police, Rancic said, “I feel like she smells like patchouli oil and weed,” in regards to Zendaya’s hair, which she wore in dreadlocks to Sunday’s Oscars.
E! posted a video of her public apology on Tuesday, in which Rancic says that while Fashion Police is a show that pokes fun at celebrities in good spirit, she understands something she said had crossed the line.
“I just want everyone to know I didn’t intend to hurt anybody. But I’ve learned it is not my intent that matters. It’s the result. And the result is that people are offended, including Zendaya. And that is not okay. Therefore, I want to say to Zendaya, and anyone else out there that I have hurt, that I am so, so sincerely sorry,” Rancic said.
“This really has been a learning experience for me. I’ve learned a lot today,” she said. “And this incident has taught me to be a lot more aware of clichés and stereotypes, how much damage they can do. And that I am responsible, as we all are, to not perpetuate them further.”
Co-host Kelly Osbourne took to Twitter earlier on Tuesday to criticize Rancic’s comments, suggesting she was even considering leaving the show because of them.
Coleman, 18, had posted a statement on Monday night on Instagram in response to Rancic’s remarks.
“There is already harsh criticism of African American hair in society without the help of ignorant people who choose to judge others based on the curl of their hair. My wearing my hair in locs on an Oscar red carpet was to showcase them in a positive light, to remind people of color that our hair is good enough,” she wrote.