Kelly Osbourne Quits Fashion Police After Controversy, Giuliana Rancic Comments

Kelly Osbourne
Kelly Osbourne has quit Fashion Police amid controversy involving her co-host Giuliana Rancic's comments about Zendaya  Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic

Kelly Osbourne is turning in her badge as one of the Fashion Police. The star, 30, quit E!'s long-running style series on Friday, Feb. 27, amid controversy involving her co-host Giuliana Rancic, E! News confirms.

"Kelly Osbourne is departing E!'s Fashion Police to pursue other opportunities, and we would like to thank her for her many contributions to the series over the past five years, during which time the show became a hit with viewers," the network said in a statement. "Fashion Police will return, as scheduled, on Friday, March 30th at 9:00 p.m. and no decisions have been made on her replacement."

The outspoken Brit actually threatened to walk earlier in the week, after Rancic criticized Osbourne pal Zendaya's dreadlocks at the Oscars, saying it looked like she smelled like "patchouli oil." (She later apologized.)

"I WILL NOT BE DRAGED [sic] INTO THIS!" Osbourne tweeted at the time. "The situation is being rectified like ADULTS by both parties. I hope you can leave it to them & do the same! You guys do realize that @Zendaya is my friend, right?"

She followed that with two other tweets addressing the incident, including one in which she said she was questioning her future on the show. (Previously hosted by the late Joan Rivers, Fashion Police now stars Osbourne, Rancic, Brad Goreski, and Kathy Griffin.)

"Kelly hasn't been happy at the show for a while," an insider tells Us, "and this whole situation solidified her decision to move on. It was time for her to go. She had five great years there, and the relationship she had with Joan there changed her life."

As a second source told Us Weekly, Osbourne had reservations about the Zendaya jokes even during filming. The insider said she even stopped taping twice to protest. "On the first two takes, Kelly said, 'Guys, we can't say this. Zendaya is a friend of the show,'" the source told Us.

Both Rancic and a rep for E! denied that there had been more than one take, and Rancic pal Billy Bush criticized Osbourne for publicly decrying her co-host's words via Twitter. "Kelly Osbourne threw her under the bus, in my opinion," Bush said on Access Hollywood.

In response, Osbourne's dad Ozzy took to Twitter with a message for Bush.

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