Giuliana Rancic Blames Writer for Weed Joke, Says No One Thought it was Racist

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Less than 24 hours after issuing a public apology for making an ignorant joke at Zendaya’s expense, Giuliana Rancic quickly changed her tone and blamed writers of Fashion Police for her racist mishap. The 40-year-old E! personality and host of Fashion Police said that 18-year-old Zendaya’s dreadlocked hair looked like it smelled of ‘weed’ on the show’s annual Academy Awards broadcasting.

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The star has quickly come under fire for her comment, and Zendaya called Giuliana out on her ‘ignorant slurs’. Giuliana then issued a public apology, taking full responsibility of the comment and Zendaya publicly accepted it writing, “Giuliana, I appreciate your apology and I'm glad it was a learning experience for you and for the network. I hope that others negatively affected by her words can also find it in their hearts to accept her apology as well.”

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Before anyone had a chance to hug it out, however, there has been another development in the back and forth. Giuliana now claims that the writers of Fashion Police are responsible for the comment. According to Daily News, the host was also supposed to say that Zendaya “should be touring with the Grateful Dead”. Giuliana told Access Hollywood that no one in the studio found the comment to be racist––perhaps an underhanded reference to Kelly Osbourne's reaction to the joke.

Regardless of who’s to blame for the comment, I can’t help but ask: Geez Giuliana, can’t you just give it a rest? After going through the motions of making a public apology––that Zendaya so gracefully accepted––is playing the blame game really necessary? Giuliana is acting like the 18-year-old in this situation and I’m #OverIt.
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