Osbourne warned Giuliana Rancic during Fashion Police’s Oscars taping
that her Zendaya comments could create trouble, a source exclusively
reveals to Us Weekly — find out what really happened on the set, where
the controversial segment was shot for three takes.
UPDATE: An E! rep denies that there were multiple
takes, saying, “There was only one take of Giuliana’s comments. Kelly
did let the group know Zendaya is a friend of hers.”
Should’ve listened. While Zendaya has publicly forgiven Giuliana Rancic for her comments about her dreadlocks, Us Weekly can exclusively reveal that the E! News host could have avoided the entire fiasco, had she listened to her co-host Kelly Osbourne.
A source from the set of Fashion Police tells Us
that the taping — which took place the day after the Oscars on Monday,
Feb. 23 — was halted and re-done multiple times due to the sensitive
nature of Rancic’s comments, which were called into question by
“They did the Zendaya segment three times,” the insider tells Us.
“Three different takes. On the first two takes, Kelly said ‘Guys, we
can’t say this. Zendaya is a friend of the show.'” (Indeed, Zendaya has
previously appeared on Fashion Police more than once. Osbourne,
meanwhile, tweeted publicly about her friendship with the Disney star
after Rancic was called out for her comments.)
Despite Osbourne’s protests, the source tells Us
that producers went ahead with the third and final take. “Giuliana said
the words ‘patchouli oil’ and ‘weed’ three times,” the insider recalls,
in front of an audience of about 30 people. “They all heard the three
takes,” the source tells Us.
On the Feb. 23 Oscars episode, which aired Monday night, Rancic made
fun of Zendaya’s long dreadlocks on the red carpet. “I feel like she
smells like pachouli oil,” Rancic remarked, as the cameras cut away to a
photo of the Disney darling’s look. Then a voice — which the source
has now identified as Rancic — chimed in: “Or weed!”
Zendaya responded on Tuesday and called out Rancic in a Twitter post, which has since been applauded by the likes of Solange, Kerry Washington, Viola Davis, and Khloe Kardashian.
“To say that an 18 year old young woman with locs must smell of
patchouli oil or ‘weed’ is not only a large stereotype but outrageously
offensive,” Zendaya wrote.
Osbourne, meanwhile, chimed in on the matter via social media on Tuesday, saying she and Zendaya were pals.
The source tells Us that while Osbourne is friends
with Rancic, the rock scion did not agree with her co-host’s comments.
“Kelly respects Giuliana and knows she didn’t intend the comment to be
racist,” the insider explains.
The situation worsened to the point that Rancic had to issue a public apology on Tuesday, Feb. 24, while hosting E! News.
“I’d really like to address something that’s weighing very heavy on my
heart,” Rancic said. “I want to apologize for a comment that I made on
last night’s Fashion Police about Zendaya’s hair. Something I said last
night did cross the line. I didn’t intend to hurt anybody, but I’ve
learned it’s not my intent that matters, it’s the result.”
On Wednesday, Zendaya accepted Rancic’s apology with a lengthy, eloquent explanation
of her own. “Body shaming and other hurtful tactics will never get the
job done,” she wrote. “Giuliana, I appreciate your apology and I’m glad
it was a learning experience for you and for the network.”
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