Giuliana Rancic Replaced by Maria Menounos as Co-Anchor of 'E! News'

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Giuliana Rancic recently announced she was stepping down as co-host of E! News, and on Thursday the network announced Maria Menounos will be her replacement.

Some expected Rancic was stepping down because of comments made earlier in the year about Zendaya Coleman's dreadlocks, but she says that's definitely not the case.

It was earlier in July that Giuliana Rancic shared word of her departure.

"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 on July 8. "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."

Giuliana Rancic added at the time that she would still be a presence on E! in her role on Fashion Police.

As Maria Menounos prepares to co-host E! News, it seems Giuliana Rancic isn't the only one leaving. E! correspondent Alicia Quarles has tendered her resignation, too.

Earlier this week Rancic made news for her brand new hairstyle. In fact, she shared a photo of herself at the salon, contemplating on exactly what that new style might be.

"Mirror, mirror on the wall. What will be my next hair change of them all? @colorbyyvonne @extbymissbrown @mechesalonla," she captioned the Instagram post.

Does Maria Menounos have what it takes to replace Giuliana Rancic as co-host of E! News? She was a fan favorite for years alongside Mario Lopez at Extra.

Do you think Giuliana Rancic seriously damaged her fan base when she made that comment about Zendaya?

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.