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Giuliana Rancic leaves E! host post

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Giuliana Rancic is making a change in her duties at the E! channel. E! said Rancic will step away from her daily news anchor position on Aug. 10 but will continue to host red carpet coverage and Fashion Police, which has been struggling since the death of Joan Rivers. Rancic was also criticized earlier this year for comments she made on the commentary show about biracial teen actress Zendaya’s dreadlocks, joking the hairstyle suggested she smell of patchouli oil or marijuana. Rancic, who has been at the post for 10 years, said she plans to focus more on her clothing lines, wine and producing.

DOUGHNUT CAPER

From fashion police to food police: Cops are investigating video that appears to show Ariana Grande licking doughnuts at a shop in Southern California July 4. Earlier, Grande apologized for sayingI hate America” in the same video. Police in Lake Elsinore, where the shop is located, said they and Riverside County public health officials were investigating the leaked video, which appeared to show the 22-year-old singer and a man with her “maliciously lick” the glazed treats. What they really want to know: Why doughnuts were left out unprotected and exposed to the public, in violation of state food laws.

BAD IDEA

The Michigan Department of Corrections has denied a production company’s request to film a Kid Rock music video inside a women’s prison. The singer wanted to perform for prisoners at the Huron Valley Correctional Facility in southeastern Michigan, but MDOC, reports The Detroit News, is of the belief that holding a concert at the 2,000-inmate prison would create “a host of security issues.”

GOOD MORNING

Regis Philbin just couldn’t stay retired. The veteran daytime-TV host is joining NBC’s Today as a contributor to the fourth hour, reuniting him with his longtime co-host, Kathie Lee Gifford, who co-anchors the hour with Hoda Kotb. Philbin, who has made multiple guest appearances recently, will appear about once a month in his new role, NBC said of the 83-year-old.

FUNNY BUSINESS

Chris Tucker and Netflix are being sued over the actor’s standup comedy special days before its Friday release, reports Yahoo News. Comedian Terry Hodges claims that he hasn’t been paid $66,000 in fees accrued from years of editing, writing, acting and producing work for the show. “This lawsuit is absurd and completely without merit,” Tucker’s attorney Marty Singer said in a statement.

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