Burying the lede, “We’ll see” were the very last words Giuliana Rancic uttered in an interview on NBC’s Today this morning, by way of continuing to spew blame at others for her much-blasted comment about Zendaya’s ensemble/hair at the Academy Awards.
“We’ll see” is what she said in response to Savannah Guthrie’s comment that Rancic would be be back on E!’s Fashion Police – the show on which Rancic said of Disney star Zendaya’s Oscar-night hairstyle: “I feel like she smells like pachouli oil … or weed.” Fashion Police has been shuttered until September, after both Kelly Osbourne and Kathy Griffin quit in the wake of Rancic’s earth-scorching stab at comedy.
Rancic said the “joke” was badly edited and therefore taken out of context:
“You know, I made a reference to the hippie culture,” she told Guthrie. “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.”
In February, Rancic had blamed a writer for the comment, saying they were not her words but those given to her by a show writer. As written, the “she looks like she smells like patchouli oil” part originally was followed by “I heard she’s going on a tour with the Grateful Dead.”
E! honchos reportedly mulled putting Fashion Police out of its misery after what gossip publication are now calling “the Zendaya incident” and Zendaya has called the “ignorant slur.”
The network said the show was “going on hiatus” and would be back with Rancic, co-host Brad Goreski and EP Melissa Rivers, which means Rancic’s “we’ll see” might fall into the Negotiating Via Media category.
“I’ll tell you, Savannah, because it’s something I want to be really clear about that happened,” Rancic said this morning. “I find racism reprehensible. I don’t tolerate it at all. Nor have I ever,” Rancic said. “And I think that’s really important for me to get that out there, because that’s been the hardest part of this, that someone could believe that I actually would have racial undertones in the things I do.”