Kathy Griffin, who had been brought in to replace the late great Joan Rivers, also quit, in a not so thinly veiled move of support.
In an interview with Huff Post Live on April 7 Rancic revealed that she hasn't talked to Kelly, or Kathy, since the incident:
"There's nothing good that can come of trying to speak for them, [or guess] what they meant by their comments."
Following the shock departures, E! announced that the series would go on hiatus for several months. Rancic supports this move saying:
"When Fashion Police came back on after Joan's death, it was the exact same format that they had created for Joan, but it couldn't succeed. She was so unique in the way she delivered comedy — the format was built around her,"
Rancic's memoir Going Off Script was released on the same day as the Huff Post interview, and just the day before Osbourne tweeted;
Which according to US Weekly was DEFINITELY aimed at Giuliana.
Rancic did not directly respond to the tweet but chose to comment more generally on internet bullies:
"The only thing a negative comment can do is ruin my day. Instead of getting off social media altogether, there is so much good that outweighs the bad,"
She could also of course have been referring to the criticism she receives about her skinny figure.
But there definitely seems like there's more than a little unfinished business between these two.
Using a Black dialect isn't a meme—it's cultural appropriation.
As Black Lives Matter protests have rightfully taken the world by storm over the past couple of months, we're long overdue for thorough evaluations of just how often aspects of Black heritage have been co-opted by white audiences.
It should be obvious that much of fashion and music as we know it today was invented by Black people. We (hopefully) all know by now that we can no longer accept Blackface and use of the n-word by non-Black people as the norm—and Internet users have tried "canceling" offenders in the public eye, with varying degrees of success.
“I thought I could bring my brand of humor to Fashion Police so that beautiful people in beautiful dresses could be teased when appropriate. My brand of humor, while unrepentant and unafraid, is all about CONTEXT. There’s plenty to make fun of in pop culture without bringing people’s bodies into it.”
She didn’t mention the whole Zendaya patchouli oil thing, which was rumored to have caused Kelly Osbourne to quit, but she did add:
“I do not want to use my comedy to contribute to a culture of unattainable perfectionism and intolerance towards difference.”
Which to us speaks a thousand words.
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) March 13, 2015