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Giuliana Rancic leaving E! News, remains on 'Fashion Police' and 'Red Carpet'

Rancic says she'll miss the E! News crew, will continue to co-host "Fashion Police" and "Live from the Red Carpet" on the cable channel.
/ Source: TODAY

Entertainment host Giuliana Rancic announced Wednesday that she's stepping down from her regular anchor role on E! News on Aug. 10.

Giuliana Rancic
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 14: Giuliana Rancic attends the 2015 NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Upfront at The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on May 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)Getty Images file

"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," Rancic told E!

Rancic will remain with the cable channel in other capacities, continuing to contribute to "Live from the Red Carpet" and "Fashion Police" — the latter of which became a source of controversy for her in February.

During a Feb. 23 episode of "Fashion Police" that covered red-carpet fashion at the Academy Awards, Rancic critiqued the look of singer-actress Zendaya, saying, "I feel like she smells like patchouli oil ... or weed." Later that night, Zendaya responded on social media, issuing a statement that began, "There is a fine line between what is funny and disrespectful." Addressing accusations of racism, Rancic sent a tweet to Zendaya and videotaped an additional apology, which Zendaya accepted.

On April 6, the entertainment host discussed the Zendaya incident with TODAY's Savannah Guthrie.

"I find racism reprehensible," Rancic said during that interview. "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."

Although Rancic remains a contributor to "Fashion Police," two of her former colleagues will not be joining her for its comeback. Kathy Griffin, who hosted the weekly series after Joan Rivers' death in September, and longtime panelist Kelly Osbourne quit the show in the weeks that followed the Zendaya controversy. Melissa Rivers, Joan's daughter, has signed on as a co-host for the show's return, slated for Aug. 31.

Rancic's struggles with fertility also made headlines in April, when she announced her last three embryos were lost in two surrogate miscarriages. Although the TV personality and her husband Bill celebrated the birth of their son Duke via surrogate in August 2012, she described the subsequent losses as "painful," and planned to explore adoption and other options.

In addition to her continuing roles at E!, Rancic said she will executive-produce Oxygen's "Rich in Faith" and focus on her wine and clothing lines. "This is such a thrilling time for me," she told E!, "and I thank the gang at E! for understanding my desire to embark on this next chapter in my life."

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