Kelly Osbourne has quit E!'s Fashion Police
after Giuliana Rancic made some very controversial comments about Zendaya at the Oscars last weekend.
The network said in a statement:
"Kelly Osbourne is departing E!'s Fashion Police to pursue other opportunities, and we would like to thank her for her many contributions to the series over the past five years, during which time the show became a hit with viewers. Fashion Police will return, as scheduled, on Friday, March 30th at 9:00 p.m. and no decisions have been made on her replacement."
Rancic commented that Zendaya's dreadlocks looked like they smelled like "patchouli oil" and "weed," and though she publicly apologized a few days later, Osbourne was still livid. Zendaya accepted the apology, but in her response she referenced the racist undertones of the remark.
At the time Osbourne tweeted, "I WILL NOT BE DRAGED [sic] INTO THIS! The situation is being rectified like ADULTS by both parties. I hope you can leave it to them & do the same! You guys do realize that @Zendaya is my friend, right?" She later added, "Im giving everyone involved 24 hours to make it right or the world will hear how I really feel. contactually Im not allowed to speak! I DID NOT MAKE THE WEED COMENT. I DO NOT CONDONE RACISM SO AS A RSULT OF THIS IM SEREIOULSY QUESTIONONIG STAYING ON THE SHOW!"
And apparently Osbourne had qualms about the Zendaya comment as cameras were rolling. "On the first two takes, Kelly said, 'Guys, we can't say this. Zendaya is a friend of the show,'" the source told the mag. Rancic and a rep for E! denied that there was more than one take, and Rancic's close friend Billy Bush criticized Osbourne for publicly slamming her co-host online. "Kelly Osbourne threw her under the bus, in my opinion," Bush said on Access Hollywood.
Eh, maybe. But if Kelly felt strongly about it, we applaud her for speaking up.
Of course, Osbourne's dad Ozzy had the final word when he tweeted, "@BillyBush stop acting like a bitch. Act like a man. Lay off Kelly or we'll be going to hospital to get my foot out of your ass. God Bless."
There have been rumblings that Rancic might get the ax, but apparently Osbourne hasn't been happy at the show for a while. "[T]his whole situation solidified her decision to move on. It was time for her to go," a source tells Us Weekly
. "She had five great years there, and the relationship she had with Joan [Rivers] there changed her life."
But what will she do next?