E! has extended its overall deal with one of the network’s top personalities, Giuliana Rancic, for two more years, through April 2016. As part of the agreement, Rancic will continue as anchor and managing editor of E! News. Additionally, she currently hosts E!’s Live From The Red Carpet specials, anchors interview series Beyond Candid With Giuliana; serves as co-host on Fashion Police; and toplines with husband Bill Rancic their long-running reality show Giuliana & Bill, which originated on E! sibling Style. “Giuliana has been an important part of the E! family for twelve years now and we are thrilled to extend her overall deal with the network,” said Cyndi McClellan, President, Network Strategy & E! News. “Giuliana brings not only a wealth of experience to the air, but also a fun, relatable and candid energy that makes her a fan favorite amongst E! viewers and incredibly popular across the entertainment community.”
Rancic isn’t the only E! personality whose contract is up this year. That list includes Ryan Seacrest, who has been in talks for a new NBCUniversal deal, and Chelsea Lately host Chelsea Handler, who has said she plans to depart the network at the end of the year.
Racnic joined E! in 2002 as a correspondent for E! News, and she has been anchor and managing editor for the program since January 2005. E! News, which Rancic co-anchors with Terrence Jenkins, is having a record year, logging more than 18 million unique viewers each month in the first quarter of 2014. The show is up +11% year-to-year (April 2013) among adults 18-49, paced by double-digit gains among younger viewers (+24% adults 18-34; +31% women 18-34). “I’m thrilled and blessed to be able to pursue all of my passions while continuing on at E!, my home away from home,” said Rancic. “I feel like the luckiest girl in the world!”
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