E! anchor Giuliana Rancic made a groveling on-air apology on Tuesday for her “racist” remarks about 18-year-old Disney star Zendaya’s dreadlocks hairstyle at the Oscars.
The embattled Fashion Police star was responding to the firestorm of criticism following her suggestion that the teenage actress looked like she smelled of weed because she had dreads.
In the live broadcast before a re-run of the offending Fashion Police post-Oscar show, a very contrite Rancic, 40, said: “I’d really like to address something that’s weighing really heavy on my heart. I want to apologize for a comment that I made on last night’s Fashion Police about Zendaya’s hair.
“As you know, Fashion Police is a show that pokes fun at celebrities in good spirit, but I do realize that something I said last night did cross the line. I just want everyone to know that I didn’t intend to hurt anybody, but I learned it’s not my intent that matters,’ Rancic continued. ‘It’s the result. And the result is people are offended, including Zendaya. And that is not okay.
“Therefore, I want to say to Zendaya, and anyone else out there that I hurt, that I’m so sincerely sorry. This really has been a learning experience for me. I learned a lot today and this incident has taught me to be a lot more aware of cliches and stereotypes, and how much damage they can do.
“And that I am responsible, as we all are, to not perpetuate them further. Thank you for listening.’
The apology came after Rancic’s Fashion Police co-star Kelly Osbourne threatened to quit the show if her friend Zendaya wasn’t satisfied with the response to the scandal.