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Giuliana Rancic Says Zendaya Joke Was Edited Improperly

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Robyn Ross

Giuliana Rancic says bad editing played a part in her recent dustup with Zendaya over a joke about patchouli oil on Fashion Police/

"I made a reference to the hippie culture," Rancic said on Today Monday. "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."

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Rancic continued, "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.'"

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Although Zendaya accepted Rancic's apology, the damage caused quite a ripple effect that ultimately led to Kelly Osbourne quitting and new co-host Kathy Griffin soon following suit. A few weeks later the E! show officially went on hiatus. As for the show's future, when asked about its September return, Rancic only said, "We'll see."


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