Laverne Cox Announces She’s Replacing Giuliana Rancic as E!’s Red Carpet Host

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Photo credit: Gilbert Carrasquillo - Getty Images
Photo credit: Gilbert Carrasquillo - Getty Images

Update

Aaand we have Giuliana’s replacement all laid out! Laverne Cox will be taking Giuliana’s place starting January 2022—just in time for awards season next year.

“I’m so excited and deeply humbled to be hosting E!’s iconic red carpet coverage. For many years, I would wake up early on awards show days, get my snacks in place, and watch E!’s coverage all day long,” she said in a statement.

“I dreamed of walking red carpets. Now, not only have I had several fun and amazing personal red carpet moments, I also get to be a red carpet guide for E!’s discerning audience and chat with my colleagues and folks I deeply admire for these very special events in their lives,” Laverne added. “I can’t wait to get started while hopefully serving up fashion fantasies for the ages, honey.”

Original story

Big news if your interests pertain to awards shows and red carpets (which...mine do): Giuliana Rancic is leaving her long-standing role as E! News’ red carpet host after 20 years.

Giuliana announced the news on Instagram over the weekend, writing, “After 20 fabulous years hosting E!’s red carpet, I have decided to step out of my red carpet heels into a new pair of shoes. ⁣⁣⁣One of my passions is great storytelling and I am thrilled to announce a new development deal with E!’s parent company, NBCUniversal, where I will be producing and bringing stories to life.”

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She continued by thanking her production team and viewers, “To my E! family, thank you for allowing me to make my red carpet dreams come true for the past two decades. It has truly been a highlight of my career and life. ⁣⁣To my production team throughout the years, you are all simply the best. We have made some beautiful memories together that I will always carry with me. ⁣⁣⁣And to all the viewers, all around the world, thank you for watching and supporting me as we went along together on this red carpet ride. I love and appreciate you all and I sure hope you will join me as I enter this exciting new chapter. ❤️”

It’s unclear who will replace Giuliana, but the network has gone through some red carpet changes recently: Jason Kennedy left his position after 15 years, while Giuliana’s cohost Ryan Seacrest stepped away from E!’s Live From the Red Carpet a few months back.

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