Huh. Didn’t see this coming.
BET announced today that advocate, actress and Emmy-winning producer Laverne Cox will begin her role as the new Live from E! host, and will also serve as host of a series “catered to celebrity interviews that will highlight the movers and shakers in the entertainment industry.”
She replaces longtime E! red carpet host, Giuliana Rancic, who announced last week that she would be leaving the show after scoring a development deal with NBCUniversal.
“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.”
Cox also shared the exciting news on her Instagram account, while giving Rancic a send-off message.
“See you on the E! Red Carpet. Shout out to @giulianarancic . Thank you for setting such a high standard, for years of grace, class and style. Thank you for always being so amazingly kind and generous whenever our paths have crossed. Sending you so much love on your new chapter.”