Giuliana Rancic apologizes on air for Zendaya hair comments

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NEW: Rancic apologized on air Tuesday

Rancic commented on Coleman's hair during "Fashion Police"

She said the Disney star looked like she smelled of weed

CNN  — 

Amid criticism for her comments about one star’s hair, Giuliana Rancic may want to stick to critiquing the clothing at awards shows.

The E! personality is on the receiving end of backlash over comments she made about Disney star Zendaya Coleman during the network’s “Fashion Police” show.

On Sunday night, Coleman appeared on the Academy Awards red carpet in an ivory Vivienne Westwood gown and faux dreadlocks. In a conversation with co-hosts Kelly Osbourne, Kathy Griffin and Brad Goreski, Rancic remarked, “I feel like she smells like patchouli oil … or maybe weed.”

Zendaya arrives on the red carpet for the 87th Academy Awards on Sunday, February 22.
E! host apologizes for 'outrageously offensive' comment
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Social media were not amused by what some said was a racist remark.

Coleman offered a response via an Instagram posting that said, in part, “To say that an 18-year-old young woman with locs (dreadlocks) must smell of patchouli oil or ‘weed’ is not only a large stereotype but outrageously offensive.”

Rancic tweeted an apology and said her remark was not about race.

On Tuesday night, Rancic went on E! to again apologize and said she had learned a great deal from the incident.

“I just want everyone to know I didn’t intend to hurt anybody,” Rancic said. “But I’ve learned it is not my intent that matters; it’s the result. And the result is that people are offended, including Zendaya, and that is not OK.”

The controversy caused Osbourne to tweet that she is considering leaving the show.