Giuiliana Rancic is now speaking out publicly about comments she said regarding Zendaya Coleman’s dreadlock extensions. During an appearance on The Today Show, Rancic said the whole segment was edited wrong.
If you recall, Rancic stated that Coleman’s dreadlocks look as though they smelled like weed and patchouli oil.
“You know, I made a reference to the hippie culture,” she said. “I talked about patchouli oil, which is a hippie perfume. And in the editing process, some of the gestures I made, some of the things I said were taken out for time. I made peace signs, I said ‘bohemian’ twice — those were taken out for time. So when the joke aired, some people were offended by it.”
“There were about 40 people in the studio audience, but in addition, there were about 40 people — executives, cast members, hair and makeup — [there]. Not one person said anything,” she recalled. “It wasn’t a live show; it was taped. We had several hours to fix it. The editors, the producers, no one saw anything wrong because when they heard the joke, it was truly a joke about the hippie culture.”
Rancic made it clear that she’s not racist.
“I find racism reprehensible,” Rancic explained. “I don’t tolerate it at all. Nor have I ever. I think that’s really important for me to get that out there, because that’s been the hardest part of all of this — that someone could believe that I actually … would have racial undertones in the things that I do. Absolutely not.”
But she believes she understands why others saw things differently.
“I see why people took offense,” Rancic said. “I thought that the joke was not edited in the proper way, and that’s just something I have to live with. It’s very important for me to just get out there and tell the real story, and I knew I would have my moment. But those darn headlines were so crazy for so long that I thought, ‘Let everything calm down, and then I can come out and tell the real story.'”
Since Rancic’s joke, The Fashion Police has completely disbanded, after Kelly Osbourne and Kathy Griffin departed. News hosts have yet to be announced.