Veteran E! Reporter Giuliana Rancic Will Miss Emmy Duties as Family Test Positive for COVID-19

Olowokandi Fiyin
Sep 22, 2020
04:30 A.M.

Veteran E! Red carpet host and reporter Giuliana Rancic tested positive for COVID-19 alongside and family and, as a result, would miss the 2020 Emmy Awards.


The 72nd Emmy Award red carpet will be without the iconic Giuliana Rancic as the veteran host recently announced that she tested positive for COVID-19.

Rancic took to her Instagram to share an emotional video and a statement disclosing that she would have to miss the show for the first time in 20 years.

Guiliana Rancic at The Pink Agenda 2016 Gala at Three Sixty on October 13, 2016 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images

Guiliana Rancic at The Pink Agenda 2016 Gala at Three Sixty on October 13, 2016 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images

The legendary E! reporter explained that she doesn't take missing the Emmy Awards red carpet lightly but this year had to be different for everyone's good. Announcing her diagnosis, she said:

"As part of E! and NBC Universal's very strict testing guidelines, especially before an event like this, I did find out that I tested positive for COVID-19."



While the result broke her heart, Rancic was able to see the silver lining as she expressed her gratitude for finding out about her status before traveling and possibly infecting other people.

Actress Vivica A. Fox, who was supposed to be a part of the show, also tested positive for COVID-19.

However, her husband Bill and son Duke also tested positive, but she assured fans that they were in good health and taking care of each other. She concluded urging fans to keep safe and promised to see them at the next red carpet event.


In the accompanying caption, Rancic echoed the same message and thanked well-wishers who have been sending prayers her family's way.

According to reports, in place of Rancic, Brad Goreski and Nina Parker of "Nightly Pop" would take over the hosting duties. Rancic isn't the only host who has had to back out from the Emmy awards as actress Vivica A. Fox, who was supposed to be a part of the show, also tested positive for COVID-19.


Before Rancic's diagnosis, the 46-year-old had frequently updated fans on how she and her aged parents have been faring amid the ongoing pandemic.

In March, the former "Fashion Police" alum shared a heartwarming screenshot of a FaceTime call between her and her parents, Eduardo and Anna DePandi.


The renowned host explained that calling her parents and making them smile was one of the most cherished moments of the day. She informed fans that her family and loved ones were safe in Italy before sending prayers to those affected by the virus.

Apart from keeping in touch with her family, the Italian native kept busy during the quarantine by launching a new home line with Home Shopping Network in April.


The entrepreneur, who also owns restaurants, a wine brand, and a clothing line, collaborated with interior designer, Lonni Paul, to release a home collection named August & Leo.

The collection featured over 30 house items ranging from $20 to $680. It also included towels, candles, mirrors, lamps, and other exquisite furniture pieces.

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