Kelly Osbourne has decided to leave E!’s Fashion Police, a few days after she threatened to quit the show. Fashion Police aired one day after the Academy Awards, and the co-hosts were asked to critique the fashion from the Oscars. Giuliana Rancic created a firestorm when she made a joke about Zendaya’s braided hair. Zendaya’s hair was styled with dreadlocks, and Rancic commented that the actress looked like she smelled of “patchouli oil and weed.” Zendaya called Rancic’s comments disrespectful, while most people said the comments were racist and insensitive. Osbourne, who is friends with Zendaya, stated she was going to leave the show unless Rancic made things right.
Rancic issued an apology to Zendaya, and anyone else she offended, on social media and on the air during E! News. It seems the damage was already done, and Osbourne decided to leave Fashion Police after being on the show for five years. “Kelly Osbourne is departing E!’s Fashion Police to pursue other opportunities. 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 the viewers,” the E! network released in a statement. It has been reported that Osbourne was really upset with the Fashion Police producers, who allowed the Zendaya joke to air on television. Rancic would later tell Access Hollywood that she did not write the joke, and it was written by Billy Bush. Bush, who is a writer for Fashion Police, commented that the patchouli oil comment was supposed to follow-up with “Zendaya is going on tour with the Grateful Dead.”
Fashion Police will return on the air March 30th at 9pm (Eastern standard time). The network has not made any decisions regarding Osbourne’s possible replacement. When Fashion Police launched in 2010, the show featured Joan Rivers, Giuliana Rancic, Kelly Osbourne, and George Kotsiopoulos. After the unfortunate death of Rivers, the show decided to replace the legendary comedian with Kathy Griffin. Kotsiopoulos decided to leave Fashion Police after four years, and he was replaced with stylist Brad Goreski. The first episode for the fourth season returned without Rivers or Kotsiopoulos, and the ratings declined significantly. The first episode brought in less than one million viewers.
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