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WATCH: Giuliana Rancic apologises for 'racist' remarks about Zendaya's hair on Fashion Police

Actress Zendaya attends the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center
Giuliana Rancic apologised for her comments about Zendaya
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 06: Zendaya Coleman arrives at the "Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" - Los Angeles Premiere at the El Capitan Theatre on October 6, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: TV personality Giuliana Rancic attends the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Actress Zendaya attends the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Giuliana Rancic has publicly apologised to Zendaya for 'crossing the line' with comments about her Oscars look.

The E! News anchor (40) was accused of being racist during a segment on Fashion Police, when the panel described the former Disney star's dreadlocks looked like they "smelled like patchouli oil or weed"

"She has such a tiny frame that this hair overwhelms her. I feel like she smells like patchouli oil or weed. Maybe weed? It's so legal now. This look isn't working," Giuliana said during the show, which is hosted by Kathy Griffin.

Read more: Watch: E!'s Fashion Police draws criticism after 'racist' red carpet remarks at Oscars

But the reality star has since come out and apologised for her behaviour in a special video statement.

 

"I'd really like to address something that's weighing really heavy on my heart," she said. "I want to apologize for a comment that I made on last night's Fashion Police about Zendaya's hair.

"As you know, Fashion Police is a show that pokes fun at celebrities in good spirit, but I do realize that something I said last night did cross the line."

After seeing the segment, Zendaya, who shot to fame on the Disney Channel, posted a detailed Twitter message explaining her disappointment in the show and its presenters for scrutinising her in such a way that many labelled racist.

"There is already harsh criticism of African American hair in society without the help of ignorant people who choose to judge others based on the curl of their hair," she wrote.

"My wearing my hair in locs on an Oscar red carpet was to showcase them in a positive light, to remind people of colour that our hair is good enough. To me, locs are a symbol of strength and beauty, almost like a lion's mane."

 

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