Jerry O’Connell Responds to Ex-Girlfriend Giuliana Rancic’s Cheating Claims

Jerry O'Connell on Watch What Happens Live
Jerry O'Connell responded to his ex-girlfriend Giuliana Rancic's cheating claims detailed in her new book -- find out what he said on Watch What Happens Live. Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images


Staying on script! Jerry O’Connell responded to ex-girlfriend Giuliana Rancic’s claims that he cheated on her with a Spice Girl, while appearing on the Wednesday, April 22 episode of Watch What Happens Live.

Earlier this month, an excerpt from the Fashion Police host’s new book, Going Off Script: How I Survived a Crazy Childhood, Cancer, and Clooney’s 32 On-Screen Rejections, detailed Rancic’s romance with the Stand By Me actor — and their subsequent fallout.

Rancic claimed that O’Connell cheated on her with Spice Girl Geri Halliwell (known to the masses as Ginger Spice, or to the scribe as “one of the lesser Spices”). After she confronted him, the two reconciled until he met his current wife Rebecca Romijn.

A fascinated caller asked O’Connell about his reaction to the claims. “For those of you who don’t know, Giuliana Rancic is a personality on another network,” the Sliders star responded. “And we dated, then we didn’t date.”

jerry o'connell and giuliana in 2004
Jerry O’Connell and Giuliana Rancic at New York Fashion Week in 2004 J. Vespa/WireImage.com

Despite their sticky past, O’Connell only had kind things to say about his ex-girlfriend. “She’s a very nice girl,” he reflected. “I don’t want to say anything negative. She’s a very nice girl. We had a very fun time. It was decades ago. I don’t believe cell phones were used then. It was like horse and buggy… It was a while ago.” Click here to see more old photos of Giuliana and Jerry.

During the live after show of WWHL on Wednesday, O’Connell shared another amazing tidbit about a potential Hollywood conquest: Mariah Carey. Back in the ’90s, the actor was featured in Mimi’s “Heartbreaker” music video, which prompted Cohen to ask whether the two kissed “or anything” during their time on set.

“I went to college with the director of the video [Brett Ratner], and he was like, ‘Dude, you have to shoot this for me right now,'” O’Connell recalled.

“I really thought I had a shot at Mariah Carey. Literally, I put some gel in my hair, that’s what we did in the ’90s, and I went down there, and I gotta tell you, it was working. I was invited back to her Winnebago… We were drinking champagne and I was thinking, ‘This is going to go down.'”

Unfortunately, the Elusive Chanteuse was dating “a very famous star named Luis Miguel” at the time, O’Connell said. “He came in with his security team and everything, and I was like, out of that trailer…. and that was it. I think I could have had a shot.”

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