Thursday, July 9, 2015

BREAKING. Giuliana Rancic quits as E! News anchor on E! Entertainment after a decade; will continue to do red carpet awards show coverage.

Giuliana Rancic (40) is done as anchor of E! News on E! Entertainment (DStv 124) after a decade but will stay on with the channel as a panelist when Fashion Police starts again, and will continue to do Live From the Red Carpet coverage for E! Entertainment.

Giuliana Rancic who is quitting E! News will be gone from the entertainment news show in less than a month by Monday 10 August.

The past year has been filled with drama for Giuliana Rancic as controversy keeps swirling around her thin frame and weight issues, and her highly controversial racist remarks about Zendaya's dreadlocked hair on the refashioned Fashion Police after the death of Joan Rivers which saw the show derail and panelists like Kelly Osbourne and Kathy Griffin quit in a conflict-filled meltdown.

Then there's rival Maria Menounos who joined E! Entertainment for specials as well as reporting for E! News and who made no secret behind the scenes that she wants to push Giuliana Rancic out and take over her anchor spot in heated competition.

No word yet from E! Entertainment on who will be replacing Giuliana Rancic next to Terrence Jenkins as daily E! News co-anchor.

Chances are good that E! Entertainment will soon announce that it's Maria Menounos who has been plotting a take-over and who has even done red carpet duty at awards shows in the place of Giuliana Rancic, who is credited with the turn-around of E! News which came to the brink of cancellation a decade ago before she took over as managing editor.

"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," says Giuliana Rancic in a short statement.

"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."

"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," says Giuliana Rancic.

Giuliana Rancic previously said she and her husband Bill Rancic wants to move to Chicago permanently sometime this year where they have a house,since their son Duke has to start going to school and the couple has been commuting between Los Angeles and Chicago the past three years.

"During her time here, Giuliana Rancic played an instrumental role in building E! News into a global entertainment news powerhouse and, while we will miss seeing her on set every day, we are delighted to continue to work with her on Fashion Police and Live From the Red Carpet," says Adam Stotsky, E! Entertainment general manager in a statement.