Giuliana Rancic Apologizes to Zendaya for Offensive Dreadlocks Comment [VIDEO]
The E! Fashion Police cast member admitted that she “crossed the line” with the rude remarks in which she said the Disney Channel star’s hair probably “smells like patchouli oil” or “weed.”
“I just want everyone to know, I didn’t intend to hurt anybody. But I’ve learned it’s not my intent that matters, it’s the result, and the result is that people are offended, including Zendaya, and that is not okay,” she said. “Therefore, I want to say to Zendaya, and anyone else out there that I have hurt, that I am so, so sincerely sorry. This really has been a learning experience for me.”
Rancic’s apology might be too little, too late. The 40-year-old television personality was “dragged” on Twitter over her comments. Even famous celebrities like Selma director Ava DuVernay, actress Kerry Washington and reality TV star Khloe Kardashian also came to Zendaya’s defense.
Fashion Police co-star Kelly Osbourne even felt offended and threatened to leave the show if Rancic didn’t apologize. Many saw Osbourne’s tweet as fake outrage since she didn’t say anything on the show when Rancic made the initial remark.
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!
— Kelly Osbourne (@KellyOsbourne) February 24, 2015
On Wednesday (Feb. 25), Zendaya accepted Rancic’s apology in a missive on her Instagram account.
“Giuliana, I appreciate your apology and I’m glad it was a learning experience for you and for the network,” she wrote. “I hope that others negatively affected by her words can also find it in their hearts to accept her apology as well.”
Read Zendaya’s full statement below.