Giuliana Rancic to return to ‘E! News’ as co-host this September

Giuliana Rancic is returning to “E! News” this fall opposite co-host Jason Kennedy, the network announced Friday.

Rancic first joined as a correspondent for “E! News” in 2002, and co-anchored the show from 2005-2015. Her co-hosting role will begin September 4.

“Giuliana is an incredibly charismatic and well-respected entertainment journalist. As a longtime member of the E! family, it’s exciting to welcome her back home to ‘E! News,'” John Najarian, Executive Vice President & General Manager, News & Digital, E!, said in a press release. “While ‘E! News’ has seen massive growth across digital and social, we have also continued to expand and elevate our television coverage, and Giuliana is an excellent addition to our weeknight series, which remains the most watched entertainment news franchise with young women.”

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 05: Bill Rancic and Giuliana Rancic attend The Pink Agenda 10th Annual Gala at Three Sixty Degrees on October 5, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 22: Co-Hosts Bill and Giuliana Rancic attend the UnMask Cancer annual fundraiser to support patient care and cancer research at the the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on October 22, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute )
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 13: Bill Rancic (L) and television personality/event hostess Giuliana Rancic attend The Pink Agenda's 2016 Gala held at Three Sixty on October 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 13: Bill Rancic (L) and television personality/event hostess Giuliana Rancic attend The Pink Agenda's 2016 Gala held at Three Sixty on October 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/FilmMagic)
CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD - 'The Band Perry vs Giuliana Rancic and Melissa Joan Hart vs Paul Sorvino'- The celebrity families competing to win cash for their charities feature the families from famed country music and multi-award winning The Band Perry, and host and author Giuliana Rancic. In a separate game, family members from actress, director and producer Melissa Joan Hart will compete against the family of legendary actor Paul Sorvino ('Goodfellas'). This episode of 'Celebrity Family Feud' airs SUNDAY, JULY 24 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Kelsey McNeal/ABC via Getty Images) STEVE HARVEY, GIULIANA RANCIC, BILL RANCIC
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: (L-R) Bill Rancic and Giuliana Rancic arrive to NBCUniversal's 73rd Annual Golden Globes After Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 03: Giuliana Rancic and Bill Rancic attend the Hormel Gatherings Great Play-On Party at Old Town Social on January 3, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images for Hormel Gatherings)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 05: Bill Rancic, Duke Rancic and Giuliana Rancic attend Kohl's Holiday Storybooth Pop Up on December 5, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Kohl's)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: Bill Rancic and Giuliana Rancic attend the Pink Agenda Gala at Three Sixty on October 16, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Sonia Moskowitz/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 30: Bill Rancic and Giuliana Rancic attend Restoration Hardware Celebrates The Opening Of RH Chicago - The Gallery At The Three Arts Club at Restoration Hardware on September 30, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jeff Schear/Getty Images for RH Chicago)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 17: Bill Rancic and Giuliana Rancic are seen leaving Craig's restaurant in Hollywood on June 17, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 31: Bill Rancic (L) and television personality Giuliana Rancic attend the Le Vian 2016 Red Carpet Revue at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on May 31, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images for Le Vian)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 31: Bill Rancic (L) and television personality Giuliana Rancic arrive at the Le Vian 2016 Red Carpet Revue at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on May 31, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images for Le Vian)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - NOVEMBER 07: Bill and Giuliana Rancic attends Cotton's 24 Hour Runway Show on November 7, 2014 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Thaddaeus McAdams/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - OCTOBER 18: Giuliana Rancic and Bill Rancic a pose for a portrait at the Elyse Walker Presents The 10th Anniversary Pink Party Hosted on October 18, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - OCTOBER 18: Bill Rancic and Giuliana Rancic arrive at the 10th Annual Pink Party held at Santa Monica Airport on October 18, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - SEPTEMBER 29: Giuliana and Bill Rancic visit 'Extra' at Universal Studios Hollywood on September 29, 2014 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 22: (EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA OUT) (L-R) American entrepreneur Bill Rancic and Italian American television personality Giuliana Rancic pose during a photo shoot at The Park Hyatt Hotel, The Rocks on September 22, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Richard Dobson/Newspix/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 05: Giuliana Rancic and her husband Bill Rancic are seen outside Joan Rivers' Apartment on September 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 13: Television personalities Bill Rancic (L) and his wife Giuliana Rancic arrive at The North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA) 25th anniversary celebration at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on July 13, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 01: Bill Rancic (L) and television personality Giuliana Rancic arrive at the 2015 Le Vian Red Carpet Revue at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on June 1, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images for Le Vian)
SANTA MONICA, CA - MAY 17: TV personalities Giuliana Rancic and Bill Rancic arrive at the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund's Inaugural Super Saturday LA event at Barker Hangar on May 17, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 19: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Bill Rancic (L) and Giuliana Rancic visit at SiriusXM Studios on March 19, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 07: Bill Rancic and Giuliana Rancic host Unilever Canada's Be Groomed Be Gorgeous Media Launch Event at Andrew Richard Designs on November 7, 2013 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 14: Bill Rancic and Giuliana Rancic pose for a portrait at the 2013 Columbus Day luncheon at the Embassy of Italy on October 14, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured (l-r): Giuliana Rancic and Bill Rancic -- Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
THE VIEW - Guest co-host, Gabby Reece appears today, July 16, 2013. Guests include Bruce Willis ('Red 2') and Giuliana and Bill Rancic with son Duke. 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Fred Lee/ABC via Getty Images) GIULIANA AND BILL RANCIC
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Duke Rancic, Bill Rancic and Giuliana Rancic appear on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 15: (L-R) TV Personalities Bill Rancic and Giuliana Rancic ring the NASDAQ closing bell at NASDAQ MarketSite on July 15, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Kathie Lee Gifford, Bill Rancic, Giuliana Rancic and Hoda Kotb appear on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - MARCH 01: (L-R) Bill Rancic and Giuliana Rancic attend Cotton's 24 Hour Runway Show On South Beach on March 1, 2013 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Aaron Davidson/WireImage)
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“Returning to host ‘E! News’ is every bit as thrilling to me today as it was 16 years ago when I joined the show and embarked on this wonderful career,” Rancic said. “Co-hosting alongside one of my best friends, Jason Kennedy, with one of the most talented teams in entertainment journalism, makes this move even more special. I can’t wait to reconnect with the ‘E! News’ audience and go on this journey together once again.”

Rancic left “E! News” in the summer of 2015, but continued at the network as a co-host of “Live from the Red Carpet” and “Fashion Police.” Her departure came a few months after coming under criticism for a comment made on “Fashion Police” about actress and singer Zendaya’s hair.

Rancic apologized, saying “I didn’t intend to hurt anybody, but I’ve learned it’s not my intent that matters, it’s the result. And the result is that people are offended, including Zendaya. And that is not okay. Therefore, I want to say to Zendaya, and anyone else out there that I have hurt, that I am so, so sincerely sorry.”

“E! News” has seen some talent shakeups in recent months.

Kennedy’s co-host Catt Sadler left the network in December of last year, saying that there was “a massive disparity in pay between my similarly situated male co-host and myself.”

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Catt Sadler out and about
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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 23: Lord & Taylor announces Catt Sadler as Resident Style Expert on August 23, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for Lord & Taylor)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 23: Lord & Taylor announces Catt Sadler as Resident Style Expert on August 23, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for Lord & Taylor)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 04: Catt Sadler attends the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
WESTWOOD, CA - APRIL 17: Catt Saddler attends the Premiere Of STX Films' 'I Feel Pretty' at Westwood Village Theatre on April 17, 2018 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 04: Catt Sadler attends The Tot holiday pop-up celebration at Laduree at the Grove on December 4, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for The Tot)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 13: TV Personality Catt Sadler attends NBCUniversal's press junket at Beauty & Essex on November 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Entertainment reporters Jason Kennedy (L) and Catt Sadler arrive at NBCUniversal's Press Junket at Beauty & Essex on November 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
NEWPORT BEACH, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Catt Sadler attends the Fashion Island's StyleWeekOC Presented By SIMPLY on September 16, 2017 in Newport Beach, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Fashion Island's StyleWeekOC Presented By SIMPLY)
NEWPORT BEACH, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Catt Sadler attends the Fashion Island's StyleWeekOC Presented By SIMPLY on September 16, 2017 in Newport Beach, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Fashion Island's StyleWeekOC Presented By SIMPLY)
NEWPORT BEACH, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Catt Sadler attends the Fashion Island's StyleWeekOC Presented By SIMPLY on September 16, 2017 in Newport Beach, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Fashion Island's StyleWeekOC Presented By SIMPLY)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: Designer Rebecca Minkoff and Blogger Catt Sadler pose backstage for TRESemme at Rebecca Minkoff NYFW during New York Fashion Week on September 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for TRESemme)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08: Catt Sadler attends the 2017 Harper's Bazaar Icons at The Plaza Hotel on September 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Catt Sadler is seen attending Creatures of Comfort during New York Fashion Week wearing Tracy Reese on September 7, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Sperzel/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Justine Marjan and Catt Sadler pose backstage for TRESemme at Creatures of Comfort NYFW SS18 fashion show at Industria Studios on September 7, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for TRESemme)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 06: Co-host, E! News Catt Sadler attends the ELLE, E! & IMG Host A Celebration of Personal Style NYFW Kickoff Party at 5 Doyers St on September 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gonzalo Marroquin/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 05: TV personality Catt Sadler attends DIOR SS17 Collection Launch at Maxfield on April 5, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for CHRISTIAN DIOR)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 02: Catt Sadler arrives at the Daily Front Row's 3rd Annual Fashion Los Angeles Awards at the Sunset Tower Hotel on April 2, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Catt Sadler attends the launch of the Rosie HW x PAIGE Collection, hosted by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Paige Adams-Geller, at Ysabel on February 15, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for PAIGE )
VENICE, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Catt Sadler at the TommyLand Tommy Hilfiger Spring 2017 Fashion Show on February 8, 2017 in Venice, California. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for Tommy Hilfiger)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 10: Catt Sadler attends REVOLVE Winter Formal 2016 on November 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for REVOLVE)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 05: TV personality Catt Sadler attends the Simply Stylist New York Dinner presented by French Connectionon on November 5, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Simply Stylist)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 02: Catt Sadler arrives at the Who What Wear 10th Anniversary #WWW10 Experience on November 2, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 14: E news correspondant Catt Sadler seen around New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Skylight at Moynihan Station on September 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for New York Fashion Week: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 14: E! News correspondent Catt Sadler attends the Michael Kors Spring 2017 Runway Show at Spring Studios on September 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Michael Kors)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: E! Host Catt Sadler Seen Around September 2016 New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Skylight at Moynihan Station on September 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: Catt Sadler and make-up Charlotte Tilbury attend Charlotte Tilbury x Samsung at 837 Washington on September 10, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/Getty Images)
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“E! compensates employees fairly and appropriately based on their roles, regardless of gender,” the network said in a statement at the time. “We appreciate Catt Sadler’s many contributions at E! News and wish her all the best following her decision to leave the network.”

Rancic most recently was part of “E! News”‘ Royal Wedding coverage. She will continue co-hosting “Live From the Red Carpet.”

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