Laverne Cox brings the glam to every red carpet, but now, she will be the one asking the stars who they’re wearing.
The trailblazing transgender actress-producer has been named E!’s new red carpet host for high-profile events like the Emmys and Oscars. The announcement was made on the high heels of the news that Giuliana Rancic, E!’s longtime red carpet correspondent, would be stepping down from her post after covering carpets for the cable net for the past 20 years.
“Laverne Cox is a risktaker, groundbreaking pioneer, and a fashion tour de force,” said Jen Neal, executive VP of entertainment live events, specials and E! News for NBCUniversal Television & Streaming. “As we continue to evolve the way we cover Hollywood’s biggest nights, Laverne’s passion for, and extensive knowledge of, the fashion community resonates with our audience and we look forward to seeing her shine on the other side of the velvet rope.”
According to Variety, Cox said she was “humbled” to be picked for the hosting gig.
“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. I dreamed of walking red carpets,” she said. “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.”
She also gave a shout-out to Rancic on Instagram, writing: “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.”
Cox most recently appeared in Promising Young Woman and Curb Your Enthusiasm. She will start her hosting duties during the 2022 awards season.