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Maria Menounos’ role with E! is expanding.

Menounos takes over as permanent E! News co-host this August, replacing network fixture Giuliana Rancic — who, as announced in early July, will transition out of her role with E! News on Aug. 10 but maintain her co-host duties on Live from the Red Carpet and Fashion Police. Menounos will cover the latest in pop culture with current hosts Jason Kennedy, Terrence Jenkins, and Catt Sadler, along with new faces Zuri Hall, Erin Lim, and Sibley Scoles.

“As an established entertainment and news journalist with strong Hollywood connections, Maria has proven herself to be a great fit with the E! News team,” said John Najarian, Executive Vice President, News and Digital, E!, in a statement. “And with their diverse backgrounds and wide ranging areas of expertise, Sibley, Erin and Zuri will be key additions to E! News, which boasts the youngest and most affluent audience amongst all entertainment shows.”

Previously, Menounos has seved as a frequent fill-in E! News anchor, interviewing such names as Chelsea Clinton, Jennifer Garner, and Vin Diesel, along with the casts of Entourage and 50 Shades of Grey. She is also a regular on E! Online’s daily roundtable series, Live From E!.

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