Roommates, E! has been dominating red carpet coverage for many, many years. Even with the COVID-19 pandemic altering how the media covers events, E! has continued to make major moves behind-the-scenes. The cable channel recently announced that actress, producer and LGBTQ+ activist Laverne Cox will serve as the new face for ‘Live From E!’
Laverne will begin hosting for E! during the 2022 award season. She is widely known for playing Sophia Burset on the hit show ‘Orange Is the New Black,’ among other accolades. According to People, there’s plans for Laverne to also host specials featuring celebrities who are shaking up the entertainment industry. In a statement, she expressed that she is “so excited and deeply humbled” to be hosting E!’s red carpets.
“For many years I would wake up early on awards show days, get my snacks in place and watch E!’s coverage all day long,” Laverne said. “I dreamed of walking red carpets. Now, not only have I had several fun and amazing personal red carpet moments, I also get to be a red carpet guide for E!’s discerning audience and chat with my colleagues and folks I deeply admire for these very special events in their lives. I can’t wait to get started while hopefully serving up fashion fantasies for the ages honey.”
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The role Laverne will be fulfilling recently became vacant. E! veteran Giuliana Rancic announced her departure after 20 years with the network. Some of you may remember that Giuliana began working with E! as a correspondent back in 2005, People reports. The long-time host revealed in a lengthy Instagram post that she’ll be focusing her talents on storytelling and producing.
“One of my passions is great storytelling and I am thrilled to announce a new development deal with E!’s parent company NBCUniversal where I will be producing and bringing stories to life,” Giuliana wrote in her caption.
She continued on to thank her “family” at E!, production team and viewers.
“To my E! family, thank you for allowing me to make my red carpet dreams come true for the past two decades. It has truly been a highlight of my career and life,” she said.
Laverne also shared the news via a series of Instagram posts. Underneath one clip, she used the caption to thank Giuliana.
“Shout out to @giulianarancic. Thank you for setting such a high standard, for years of grace, class and style,” Laverne wrote. “Thank you for always being so amazingly kind and generous whenever our paths have crossed. Sending you so much love on your new chapter.”
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