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Maria Menounos confirmed as Giuliana Rancic's E! News replacement amid shake-up at network

Published 01/08/2015 | 13:04

Maria Menounus for E! News
Maria Menounus for E! News
Alicia Quarles
Giuliana Rancic on E! News

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Veteran entertainment reporter Maria Menounos has been confirmed as Giuliana Rancic's replacement as E! News co-anchor amid a major shake-up at the network.

While three new additional faces have also joined the team, roving reporter Alicia Quarles is moving on to pastures new after three years.

Read more: Giuliana Rancic leaves E! News after ten years

Zuri Hall, Erin Lim, and Sibley Scoles have been unveiled as contributors to E! News, which will now be fronted by Menounus, Jason Kennedy, Catt Sadler and Terrence Jenkins.

Giuliana, who also previously acted as Managing Editor of the flagship entertainment show, announced her departure last month in a statement - just months after she was embroiled in controversy over comments she made about Zendaya's 'patchouli oil and weed' smelling dreadlocks.

Read more: Fashion Police: Who is in the running to replace Kelly Osbourne on E! TV show?

"For more than a decade, I was fortunate enough to play a role in the success of E! News and will miss my family at the show," she said.

Giuliana Rancic on E! News
Giuliana Rancic on E! News

"At the same time, I am excited to not only continue as host of two major franchises on E! but also executive produce the aspirational new show Rich in Faith for Oxygen as well as take my wine and clothing lines to the next level. This is such a thrilling time for me and I thank the gang at E! for understanding my desire to embark on this next chapter in my life."

Rancic will still host Fashion Police.

Alicia Quarles
Alicia Quarles

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