When we first heard Giuliana Rancic was leaving E! News, we couldn't help but wonder why.
She did have a bit of a blunder when she said some seemingly offensive things about Zendaya, but the TV personality insists that she was not pressured into giving up her seat behind the anchor desk.
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The 40-year-old decided to set the record straight about why she won't be returning to host the entertainment news program after the summer, saying:
"It was 100 percent my decision to leave. I brought up the idea to leave three years ago, but E! News kept extending me because they wanted me to stay. This has been three years in the making."
The journalist explained that she had worked so hard to get that position, but now it's gotten kind of stale, revealing:
"I took on a challenge 14 years ago. I was a young reporter, and E! News was my dream job. It's been an incredible journey. But after 14 years, I have nothing else to accomplish on the show. I want to grow as a person, as a businesswoman, as a host, and in order for me to grow, I need to take on a new venture and new challenges."
In fact, the momma-of-one is looking forward to having a little time off here and there!
"I've worked day in and day out for 14 years. I'm looking forward to being able to stay in bed a little longer with Duke every morning and take him to school and on play dates!"
Giuliana's last day as E! News anchor will be August 10, but the newslady will continue to host the network's red carpet specials as well as Fashion Police.
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