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Fashion Police host Giuliana Rancic dedicated time during Tuesday’s E! News to offer a public apology to Zendaya Coleman for a comment she made about the Disney star’s dreadlocked hair at the Oscars.
The apology follows a comment Rancic made on Monday night’s Fashion Police about Zendaya’s hair: “I feel like she smells like patchouli oil and weed.”
Zendaya took to Instagram to defend her hair choice, which drew support from fellow women in Hollywood, including Kelly Osbourne, Ava DuVernay, Kerry Washington, Niecey Nash, Khloe Kardashian and Chloe Grace Moretz.
Rancic made the below statement at the wrap of Tuesday’s show.
I’d really like to address something that is weighing very heavy on my heart. I want to apologize for a comment that I made on last night’s Fashion Police about Zendaya’s hair. Now, as you know, Fashion Police is a show that pokes fun at celebrities in good spirit, but I do understand that something I said last night did cross the line. I just want everyone to know, I didn’t intend to hurt anybody, but I’ve learned it is not my intent that matters — it’s the result, and the result is that people are offended, including Zendaya, and that is not OK. 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 — I’ve learned a lot today — and this incident has taught me to be a lot more aware of cliches and stereotypes, how much damage they can do. And that I am responsible, as we all are, to not perpetuate them further. Thank you for listening.
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