Giuliana Rancic’s Takeaway From Zendaya Dreadlocks Joke

Giuliana Rancic says she’s learned a great deal following the fallout from her Zendaya Coleman joke on “Fashion Police” after the 2015 Oscars.

The “Going Off Script” author and E! host spoke with Access Hollywood on Tuesday about the headline-making remark.

“I definitely learned a lot from this entire experience,” she said. “One of those things that I’ve learned is when someone shows you their true colors, believe them. And I’ve definitely seen exactly who certain people are in my life.”

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On Tuesday, Giuliana’s former “Fashion Police” co-host Kelly Osbourne cryptically Tweeted, “Liars ALWAYS get caught!” and Access had to ask if Giuliana was referring to the color purple (Kelly’s current hair color) when she mentioned people revealing their true colors.

“You’re terrible,” Giuliana said with a laugh.

As for her “Fashion Police” joke, where she said Zendaya’s dreadlocks smelled like “patchouli oil or weed maybe weed,” Giuliana stressed that it was taken out of context.

“In its context on set it was a joke very clearly about the hippie culture and like a Grateful Dead reference,” she told Access. “Once it aired, the joke was taken out of context and some people took offense and that’s where everything changed and I was horrified. And I’m hurt that other people are hurt and that’s important too. That’s what was the worst part is I could not believe that other people were hurt by what I said and it was killing me.”

In her new book, Giuliana also opens about past relationships in her life including her decade-ago romance with Jerry O’Connell, who Giuliana claims cheated on her with Spice Girl Geri Halliwell.

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“That was a relationship that really did shape me as a woman. And after that relationship I was able to look at myself and say, this is really what I want in a relationship and this isn’t what I want in a relationship,” she explained. “I was very hurt in that relationship. But we were young and we were foolish and he’s a completely different person today, just like I’m a completely different person today. So every story, whether it’s about an ex or whoever it’s about, there’s a reason for it in the book.

As for Giuliana’s claims of cheating, neither Geri nor Jerry’s reps had a comment when contacted by Access.

“Going Off Script” is available now.

— Jesse Spero

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