Whether Giuliana Rancic’s controversial comment on Zendaya‘s dreadlocks was part of the reason Fashion Police went on hiatus for several months — or just symptomatic of a general identity crisis the show was having following the death of Joan Rivers — is something only E! can answer.
But one thing is for certain: The much-talked-about comment is not being whitewashed on the revamped version of the show. When Melissa Rivers, Rancic and guest panelist Margaret Cho sat down to discuss VMAs fashion, Cho couldn’t resist getting in a dig at Miley Cyrus that was really directed at co-host Rancic.
“I feel like that hair probably smells like pot and patchouli,” Cho deadpanned.
Earlier this year, on the Oscars red carpet, Rancic commented that Zendaya’s dreads probably “smelled like patchouli oil…or weed.” The comment drew thoughtful criticism from Zendaya herself, and in the wake of the controversy, both Kathy Griffin and longtime Fashion Police officer Kelly Osbourne left the program.
Since then, Rancic apologized for offending people and explained her side of the story. “In the editing process some of the gestures that I made, some of the things that I said were taken out for time. So I made peace signs, I said bohemian twice. Those were taken out for time and so when the joke aired some people were offended by it,” she said.
Even if Rancic is ready to move on, it seems Cho isn’t willing to let the opportunity for an awkwardly hilarious callback go by.