Maria Menounos Opens Up About Replacing Giuliana Rancic — But Did She Just Accidentally Confirm There's Beef Between The Two?!
In the October Issue of Redbook Magazine, the TV host got candid about what happened when it was announced back in July that she was tapped to replace the longtime E! news anchor.
As we previously reported, the 37-year-old recently shared:
"When I was being sought after by E!, I made it very clear to them that I didn't want to be coming over to take somebody's job. And I was assured that wasn't the case."
Initially, when the news broke, it was said that the two entertainment journalists were entangled in a feud over how the departure went down. Yikes!
Nonetheless, the network's since shot down any rumors about bad blood between the two industry veterans. Which makes sense, since the reality TV star still works at the network as a co-host for Fashion Police.
Miz Menounos attempted to clarify that she only ever had the best intentions when accepting the coveted position.
"That's always been important to me. I remember years ago, I was asked to replace someone with a sick child. I was young and it would have been a huge job for me, but I told them I couldn't take it. I have a pretty strict code with these kinds of things. If a guy beats another guy out for job, it's like, Hey, congratulations. With women, it's a different story."
Wait, is she confirming she never got that "congrats" moment from her predecessor? Hmm, very inneresting.
Smells like beef to us!
Regardless of her recent success, things haven't always been smooth sailing for the Massachusetts native.
"The last two years were very challenging for me, both professionally and personally. I just felt kind of lost and I didn't know how to handle it. I grew up always worried about what everyone was going to think of me. But the thing is, I'm not perfect — no one is. But I've learned that I have to be accepting of myself… I do have a problem where I think I always have to be working and achieving something — I'm really trying to work on it. You will never catch me sitting by the pool or watching TV by myself. It's hard for me to shut down."
We've all been there. The brunette beauty even agreed with Gabrielle Union's statement that sometimes successful women can't have it all.
The Greek goddess elaborated:
"Women have been sold a bill of goods. My biggest struggle is the idea of having kids. Sometimes I feel like I'm drowning with everything that's going on in my life and there aren't even kids in my equation yet. On my reality show last year, I was talking about freezing my eggs. I started the process, but I wasn't successful, and it's still not happening. So let's call it what it is–not a good situation."
Wow! What a candid answer. Though we'd still love to know more about this alleged feud with Giuliana.
Ah, we guess only time will tell.
Be sure to ch-ch-check out the entire issue now that it's hit newsstands!
[Image via Redbook Magazine.]