After 10 years as an E! News anchor, Giuliana Rancic recently announced she will be parting ways with the network and according to a new report, they’ve already found someone to replace her — Maria Menounos!
Giuliana Rancic, 40, must be fuming because her frenemy Maria Menounos, 37, is reportedly replacing her as lead anchor on E! News! The new report claims that “Maria will appear on E! News within weeks” — well, that was fast! Find out more!
The network is currently dealing with “fine print” negotiations to secure Maria in the role, according to The Wrap. As for why G is out the door, “They were over her,” an unnamed source told US Weekly about Giuliana’s exit. “She received so much negative press about her weight, and then the Fashion Police debacle with Zendaya.” The network insists in an official statement that the riff between G and E! is “entirely inaccurate.”
E! general manager, Adam Stotsky, said in a statement, “During her time here, Giuliana played an instrumental role in building E! News into a global entertainment news powerhouse and, while we will miss seeing her on set every day, we are delighted to continue to work with her on Fashion Police and Live From the Red Carpet.”
When the news was announced, Giuliana also released a statement of her own saying, “For more than a decade, I was fortunate enough to play a role in the success of E! News and will miss my family at the show. At the same time, I am excited to not only continue as host of two major franchises on E! but also executive produce the aspirational new show Rich in Faith for Oxygen as well as take my wine and clothing lines to the next level. This is such a thrilling time for me and I thank the gang at E!for understanding my desire to embark on this next chapter in my life.”
In case you are wondering about the “riff” we were previously talking about, a few months ago, G was criticized for making inappropriate comments about Zendaya on Fashion Police, saying her hair looked like it would smell of patchouli or weed. Since then, many speculated she would end up leaving the network.
HollywoodLifers, do you think Maria will make a good replacement for Giuliana? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
— Shira Benozilio