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Giuliana Rancic Blames Zendaya Fiasco on ‘Fashion Police’ Editors

Although she already apologized on air for her Fashion Police comments in which she suggested singer/actress Zendaya’s dreadlocks smelled like oil and weed at the Oscars, Giuliana Rancic is shifting the blame for her comments to the editing team behind the segment.

“I made a reference to the hippie culture,” she explained earlier this morning on Today. “I talked about patchouli oil, which is a hippie perfume. And in the editing process, some of the gestures I made, some of the things I said were taken out for time. I made peace signs, I said ‘bohemian’ twice — those were taken out for time. So when the joke aired, some people were offended by it.”

She would go on to add, “I thought that the joke was not edited in the proper way, and that’s just something I have to live with. It’s very important for me to just get out there and tell the real story, and I knew I would have my moment. But those darn headlines were so crazy for so long that I thought, ‘Let everything calm down, and then I can come out and tell the real story.’”

It’s uncertain whether Rancic will actually return to Fashion Police, considering just about everyone involved in the show is abandoning ship. Kelly Osbourne quit the show over Rancic’s comments and the death of good friend/co-host Joan Rivers. And just last month, Joan’s replacement bailed out, as Kathy Griffin also quit the show with Osbourne’s full support. In her statement at the time, Griffin declared, “I do not want to use my comedy to contribute to a culture of unattainable perfectionism and intolerance towards difference. I want to help women, gay kids, people of color, and anyone who feels underrepresented to have a voice and a LAUGH.” In essence, Rancic was a contributing factor to the departure of two hosts. And if Rancic neglects to come back herself, that’d make three.

However, Rancic hasn’t made a decision on whether or not she’ll return, one way or the other. When asked if she’ll be back when Fashion Police returns from its forced hiatus in September, Rancic simply responded, “We’ll see.”

But what do you think? Is Rancic telling the truth about being edited out of context, or is she looking to minimize the negative press? Should she return to Fashion Police or would the show be better off without her? Sound off in the comments!

Giuliana Rancic Blames 'Fashion Police' Fiasco on Editing

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