Looks like Giuliana Rancic's racist comments about Zendaya's hair were more than a slip of the tongue. Us Weekly reveals that the E! News host was warned about the comment by her co-host Kelly Osbourne during the show's taping.
A source from the set of Fashion Police says that the taping — which took place the day after the Oscars on Monday, February 23 — was halted and re-done multiple times due to the sensitive nature of Rancic's comments, which were called into question by Osbourne.
"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 says.
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."
Though it's possible that, despite multiple takes of the Zendaya segment, only one actually contained the offensive remarks, it certainly leads one to wonder how the remarks made it past show producers into the final version of the special. Sounds like Rancic isn't the only one that needs to be apologizing.
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