Giuliana Rancic is stepping down as host of E!’s red carpet coverage after almost two decades. The E! veteran made the announcement in an Instagram post Friday.
“After 20 fabulous years hosting E!’s red carpet, I have decided to step out of my red carpet heels into a new pair of shoes,” she wrote.
Rancic’s announcement comes three months after her long-time co-host, Ryan Seacrest, exited E!’s Live From The Red Carpet after almost 14 years. Rancic is segueing into a deal with E! parent NBCUniversal, she said.
“One of my passions is great storytelling and I am thrilled to announce a new development deal with E!’s parent company NBCUniversal where I will be producing and bringing stories to life,” she wrote.
See her entire announcement below.
“While we will all miss watching Giuliana bring her iconic interview style, infectious humor and keen sense of fashion to E!’s red carpet, we are excited to announce a development deal across NBCUniversal where she will bring her passion projects to life,” E! said in a statement. “We look forward to collaborating with Giuliana in the future and we will always be her biggest fans — on and off the carpet.”
Rancic began her career at E! as a correspondent and became a co-host of E! News in 2005. She briefly left the show from 2015 to 2018 and then again when the program relocated from Los Angeles to New York City in January 2020.
On E!, Rancic most recently led the Oscar red carpet coverage. In September, she had to pull out of E!’s Emmy red carpet special at the last minute after testing positive for Covid-19.
During her tenure at E!, Rancic faced controversy over comments she made about Zendaya’s dreadlocks on Fashion Police, for which she apologized.