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. 

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 21: Bill Rancic and Giuliana Rancic visit the SiriusXM Studios on May 21, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 29: Bill Rancic and Giuliana Rancic attend G By Giuliana/HSN New Collection Launch Event at Beverly Hills Hotel on January 29, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Presley Ann/Getty Images for HSN)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 25: Giuliana Rancic and Bill Rancic are seen on January 25, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: Bill Rancic and Giuliana Rancic visit Build Brunch at Build Studio on October 30, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: Bill Rancic and Giuliana Rancic visit Build Brunch at Build Studio on October 30, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: Bill Rancic and Giuliana Rancic visit Build Brunch at Build Studio on October 30, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: Giuliana Rancic and Bill Rancic are seen walking in soho on October 30, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
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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