Is Kelly Osbourne about to blow the whistle on “Fashion Police?” The 30-year-old E! co-host is sounding off about her frustrations with her show following co-star Giuliana Rancic’s highly publicized diss against actress Zendaya Coleman’s hairstyle at the Oscars. After Rancic made joke about Zendaya’s dreadlocked hair, Osbourne took to Twitter on Tuesday to say she does not condone racism and is “seriously questioning staying on the show.”
Osbourne, who is friends with the former “Shake It Up” star, also wrote: “I’m giving everyone involved 24 hours to make it right or the world will hear how I really feel. [Contractually] I’m not allowed to speak!”
After Osbourne’s ultimatum, Rancic publicly apologized to Zendaya. In addition to posting a previous apology on Twitter in which she insisted her remarks weren’t about race, Rancic addressed the controversy in an on-camera statement on Tuesday night’s E! telecast, saying the incident was weighing heavy on her heart. After reminding viewers that “Fashion Police” is a show that “pokes fun at celebrities in good spirit,” she acknowledged that she crossed the line when she joked that Zendaya’s dreadlock hair “smells like patchouli oil… or maybe weed.”
“I want to say to Zendaya and to anyone else out there that I have hurt that I am so, so sincerely sorry,” Rancic said. “This really has been a learning experience for me. I’ve learned a lot today, and this incident has taught me to be a lot more aware of cliches and stereotypes… how much damage they can do, and that I am responsible, as we all are, to not perpetuate them further.”
Rancic came under fire during a segment on the 87th Annual Academy Awards, when she cracked a joke about Zendaya’s dreadlock hair. “I feel like she smells like patchouli oil… or maybe weed,” the E! host said. But the former Disney star star did not take the comment lightly. Zendaya posted a lengthy retort on Instagram to slam the rude remarks, writing, “There is a fine line between what is funny and disrespectful… To say that an 18-year-old woman with locs must smell of patchouli oil or ‘weed’ is not only a large stereotype but outrageously offensive.”
Zendaya also issued a explanation of why she chose to wear dreadlocks with her white Vivienne Westwood gown to Sunday night’s Oscars ceremony: “There is already harsh criticism of African American hair in society without the help of ignorant people who choose to judge others base 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 color that our hair is good enough.”
Newly crowned “Fashion Police” host Kathy Griffin was also on the panel when Rancic made the joke about Zendaya’s dreadlocks. The comedian has not yet commented on the controversy.