Why Is Bill Rancic Defending Wife Giuliana Rancic Three Months Too Late?

Although it’s been three months since Giuliana Rancic first made those controversial comments about Zendaya Coleman smelling like “patchouli oil and weed,” her husband Bill Rancic is now speaking out and defending her for the first time.

Giuliana Rancic's Controversial Comments
Zendaya Coleman blasts Giuliana Rancic for racist comments.

In an interview on the Today show Monday, Bill admitted the whole situation was very difficult for them as a couple, especially since he was forced to stay mum on the topic (which explains why he’s just now addressing it months later).

“It was tough,” Bill admitted of the controversy. “I was really surprised with how it happened because, you know, her intent was to make a hippie joke. It had nothing to do with what some of these people were saying. And boy, it just took on a life of its own.”

Even after Giuliana issued a statement of apology — though Bill admits he doesn’t believe she did anything wrong — the scandal just kept growing with the media. So how did they decide to deal with it?

“We made a plan,” Bill told Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb. “We were gonna just kinda weather it. We’ve got a strong marriage. We love each other. And we knew that she didn’t do anything wrong. And obviously these situations bring us closer together. They can either tear you apart or bring you closer together, and we’re a team.”

However, the most difficult part of sticking to that plan for Bill was not saying anything about it. “As a husband, we are the defender, we want to protect our family,” he explained. “And I just kinda had to be muzzled. I wanted to get out there and I wanted to defend my wife.”

He added: “If Joan [Rivers] was around, she would have never allowed that to happen.”

And that’s something Melissa Rivers agrees with. In a separate interview with the Today show, she opened up about the demise of Fashion Police.

“The only way I can really get my head around it is, the matriarch of the family died, and the family fell apart,” Melissa said, referring to Rancic, Kelly Osbourne, and Kathy Griffin. “The sisters started fighting…And then someone tried to marry into the family, and we know how that went. That’s the only way I can explain what happened.”

When asked if she believes the show was “mean-spirited,” Melissa responded: “No. I think the show is funny. And people say it’s mean-spirited? It wasn’t. Because it was a celebration. My mother loved fashion, and she loved celebrity, and she loved being famous, and she loved that these women were getting dressed up. And even though we were talking about it and making jokes, it came from a place of excitement, which made it okay. In the second incarnation, I don’t think we ever achieved that warmth, that excitement, that love that came through the screen.”