Maria Menounos Is Probably the Reason Giuliana Rancic Is Leaving ‘E! News’
“It’s the battle of the bitches,” a source tells PageSix. “They’re like oil and water. They cannot stand each other.”
The drama between the two hosts supposedly goes back before they started working together.
“They’ve always been rivals. Maria sees Giuliana as competition, and it goes back years,” the insider adds. “They never speak and they won’t appear on-set together. It’s kind of unspoken that if she is in the building, Giuliana wants nothing to do with her.”
However, another source says Menounos completely respects Rancic, though the feeling is not reciprocated.
“Maria doesn’t have any issues with Giuliana. She sees her as a role model. Giuliana doesn’t feel the same way.”
Either way, insiders also note that the E! News ratings haven’t been great, and Rancic is simply trying to get out before things get any worse.
“Giuliana knows it’s a sinking ship and she’s had an awful year. It’s half her decision to leave and half getting pushed out,” the source explains.
The existing correspondents Alicia Quarles, Jesse Giddings and hosts Terrence Jenkins and Ali Fedotowsky are also on their way out.
Though reps for both Menounos and Rancic could not be reached, a rep for the show simply confirmed it will continue to be a one hour news program that covers pop culture and entertainment.