Giuliana Rancic, Fashion Police co-host, apologizes for 'damaging' comments about actress Zendaya's dreadlocks

Giuliana Rancic, co-host of E!'s celebrity style show Fashion Police, has issued an apology after suggesting the actress-singer's Oscar-night hair smelled of patchouli oil or marijuana.

'I just want everybody to know that I didn't intend to hurt anybody,' said Rancic in E! News statemment Tues.

This composite shows TV personality Giuliana Rancic, left, and singer-actress Zendaya attending the 87th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood on Feb. 22. Rancic has since apologized for suggesting Zendaya's dreadlocks smelled like patchouli oil or marijuana during a broadcast of Fashion Police. (Jason Merritt,Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Giuliana Rancic is apologizing to Zendaya and others offended by Rancic's Fashion Police jab at the actress-singer's Oscar-night dreadlocks.

On E! News Tuesday, Rancic said the reaction to her comments has increased her awareness of, in her words, "cliches and stereotypes."

They are damaging, she said, adding that she and others have the responsibility to avoid perpetuating them.

"I just want everybody to know that I didn't intent to hurt anybody. But I have learned it is not my intent that matters, it is the result."

During Monday's Fashion Police on the E! channel, Rancic said that Zendaya's hair suggested the smell of patchouli oil or marijuana.

Her E! News remarks went beyond an apology tweet in which Rancic said her references had nothing to do with race.

Click here if you can't see Rancic's tweet.

Zendaya's father is African American.

In a long Twitter post, the 18-year-old Zendaya called Rancic's Fashion Police comment about her dreadlocks "outrageously offensive."

Click here if you can't see Zendaya's tweet.

With files fom CBC News


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