E! anchor apologizes to Zendaya for 'racist' comments

Rancic said she was sorry for claiming that the Disney star's dreadlocks smelled like weed in a live TV broadcast whiched aired on E! Monday February 23.

Giuliana Rancic has tendered in an apology to singer Zendaya for making 'racist' comments about the 18-year-old's Oscars red carpet look on Fashion Police TV show.

The 40-year-old TV host presented a remorseful message in a live TV broadcast before a rerun of the controversial Oscars episode, which aired on Monday [February 23].

Rancic said she was sorry for claiming that the Disney star's dreadlocks smelled like weed.

"I'd really like to address something that's weighing really heavy on my heart,' the TV host began. 'I want to apologize for a comment that I made on last night's Fashion Police about Zendaya's hair.'

"As you know, Fashion Police is a show that pokes fun at celebrities in good spirit, but I do realize that something I said last night did cross the line.'

"I just want everyone to know that I didn't intend to hurt anybody, but I learned it's not my intent that matters,' Rancic continued. 'It's the result. And the result is people are offended, including Zendaya. And that is not okay.'

"Therefore, I want to say to Zendaya, and anyone else out there that I hurt, that I'm so sincerely sorry,' she concluded. 'This really has been a learning experience for me. I learned a lot today and this incident has taught me to be a lot more aware of cliches and stereotypes, and how much damage they can do.'

"And that I am responsible, as we all are, to not perpetuate them further. Thank you for listening.'

We previously reported that the 18-year-old reacted furiously on Twitter, accusing the E! anchor of being 'ignorant, disrespectful and outrageously offensive'.

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