Giuliana Rancic sheds light on 'hard' decision to leave 'E! News' (Exclusive)

Giuliana Rancic is shedding more light on her stunning decision to step down as co-host of "E! News."

The longtime E! personality first joined the daily entertainment news program as a correspondent in 2002, becoming an anchor in 2005. While she left for several years between 2015 and 2018, she's been back in the position for over a year now.

Last week, she surprised fans by sharing on social media that one year after her "incredible homecoming" to the show, her family and schedule "just won't allow for the commitment a daily show takes" as "E! News" heads to New York next year.

During an interview with AOL's Gibson Johns this week alongside husband, Bill, promoting the C3 Prize, she further elaborated on the difficult choice she made to step away once again from the show that made her a household name, revealing that she intends to give more of her focus to charitable efforts, raising more awareness for cancer and other things that she feels "very passionate about."

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"It’s so hard, because I’ve been on E! doing 'E! News' since 2002, so a long time. I love the viewers, I love when people tell me they watch and I love that connection. For me it was definitely hard to announce that, because I love the show and it will always be such a big part of my life," Rancic told AOL. "I will pop in and do as much as I can and of course staying on 'Live From The Red Carpet,' so it was more about the schedule and what was right for my family and really honestly giving the opportunity to do things that I’m very passionate about, but haven’t been able to do as much."

"I want for those things to be more of a priority," she went on. "I knew that it was the right thing to do for me in my life and my family. I’m thrilled to stay with the network, it’s my second home. It’s exciting, and I’m just so happy to be able to take this stuff to the next level."

Giuliana and Bill Rancic share a 7-year-old son, Duke.