10 Awkward Giuliana Rancic Interview Moments

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It’s been a rough few days for Giuliana Rancic. The E! News host came under fire for criticizing Zendaya’s dreadlock hairstyle at last week’s Oscars. (Specifically, she said — sigh — Zendaya “smells like patchouli oil… or weed.”) Although Zendaya accepted Rancic’s apology, the damage has been done. Interestingly enough, this isn’t the first time the veteran journalist has experienced awkward or problematic exchanges with celebrities.

We respect Rancic as a reporter, but these 10 interviews are pretty damn cringeworthy. From Chris Colfer to Aziz Ansari, Rancic’s on-air missteps (while few) are quite messy.

1. Aziz Ansari

In October, Aziz Ansari admitted that he’s a feminist. During an appearance on The Late Show With David Letterman, Ansari said he looked up feminism’s definition after his girlfriend enlightened him. “That word is so weirdly used in our culture,” he said. “You’re a feminist if you go to a Jay Z and Beyonce concert and you’re not like, “Beyonce should get 23 percent less money than Jay Z.’” The actor’s interview soon went viral.

During an interview at the 2013 Golden Globe Awards, Rancic asked the Parks and Recreation star to help her out with some dance moves because she thought he had “good rhythm.” To this, Ansari responded, “Based on my chocolate skin tone?” Rancic awkwardly laughed and denied that was her reason for asking; Ansari kept it cool and then taught her an on-the-fly dance move he aptly titled, “What? That’s Racist! Don’t Say That Again.” Looks like Ansari was more offended than he let on.

Check out the interview here.

2. Chris Colfer

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At the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Awards, Rancic belittled the Glee star with some annoying gay stereotypes. When Colfer admitted to placing his Golden Globe statue on his entertainment center, Rancic asked, “Do you just sit there watching The Real Housewives and then you just look up and you go, ‘Wow?’” We missed the memo where Colfer said he was a fan of the frothy Bravo reality series (which does have a large gay following). Jezebel writer Matt Cherette called out the shenanigans when he wrote, “Would she have said the same thing to, I don’t know, Al Pacino?” Cherette also criticized Rancic for air-kissing Colfer at the end of the interview and cheering “Work it!” when the actor explained his outfit choice (both could be seen as pandering to gay stereotypes).

Check out the interview here.

3. Justin Timberlake

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Rancic also made a misstep at the 2011 SAGs during an interview with Madam Secretary star Geoffrey Arend and his wife, Mad Men actress Christina Hendricks, about Timberlake. When Rancic found out Timberlake gave the bottle of whiskey she originally gave him to Arend (yes, JT re-gifted!), Rancic yelled, “I cannot believe that Indian giver!” Offensive Native American stereotypes, G? *face palm*

Check out the interview here.

4. Katrina Bowden

In this silvery Badgley Mishka, Katrina Bowden reminds the world to hire her after this week's 30 Rock finale.  [Photo: Getty Images]

At the 2012 SAG Awards, things got awkward when Bowden (30 Rock) announced that she had gotten engaged the night before. Rancic’s incessant prying about the proposal’s location led to Bowden awkwardly (and begrudgingly) admitting, “We were just in a beautiful suite at the Four Seasons.” Rancic should have paid attention to social cues and backed off.

Check out the interview here.

5. Nancy Carell

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The actress (and wife to Steve Carell) wore a beautiful expensive outfit to the 2012 SAGs, prompting Rancic to ask, “Did Mr. Carell buy that for you?” Reinforcing the notion that a woman can only have expensive things if a man buys them for her sets back the feminist movement about 100 years. Playing up archaic gender roles is, again, not cool.

Check out the interview here.

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