Bill and Giuliana Rancic are a reality-television power couple. Bill found fame after winning the first-ever season of “The Apprentice.” Giuliana works as the anchor of E! Network’s “E! News” and co-host of “Fashion Police.” The couple share their ups and downs with the world in their reality TV show, “Giuliana & Bill.”
Do you ever get tired of the cameras following you around?
Bill: Well, we’re the executive producers of the show, so we try to use the show as a platform for good things and not evil things. It’s been great because it’s been very rewarding. Through our IVS struggle, more couples have come up to us and said, ‘I’ve been struggling for three years and I couldn’t talk to anyone until your show. But watching your show has given me the strength to talk to my family and friends about it.’ For us that is very rewarding, and so worth doing when just one person says we made a positive impact on their life.
How long will you continue the show for?
Giuliana: I don’t know, we’ll see. We’ve done it five seasons now. The day it is no longer fun — that’s the day we won’t do it any more.
Bill: We love working together. And this gives us an opportunity to work together. We’re now hosting a show with NBC called “Ready for Love.” Our end goal is always to work together, and one day, we’d like to do a daytime talk show together.
Will your new baby be on the show?
Giuliana: We’re still trying to decide whether or not the baby will be on the show. Viewers have followed our journey for so long now that they want to see the baby. So if they want to see the baby, we’ll show them the baby. At some point. Because it’s not fair for them to follow on this journey and send all their prayers and their love but then not show them the baby. It’s not fair to them. So I’m sure he will be on, we just have to figure out when.
How to people respond to you two using a gestational carrier?
Bill: We joke about it all the time. This morning we were getting on the plane and we were hauling all this baby stuff through the airport. And we joked because we said, ‘We’ve got a baby coming in a month.’ And I added, ‘Isn’t she showing well?’ So we just have fun with it. It diffuses the situation.
Giulinana: You have to have a sense of humor about these things.
What’s one thing that you want to teach your son?
Bill: To be a good person, to be honorable. To make the right decision, which sometimes is the hard decision.
Giulinana: Bill is such an incredible son to his mother, I hope our son is like that with me. I want a son who in his 20s will put his arm around me and just be like, ‘Mom!’
What are you most nervous about as new parents?
Giulinana: I think we were nervous about a lot of things in the beginning, but now it’s fine, it really is. You have to realize that you’re never going to be ready. People say, ‘Are you ready for the baby?’ No. I’m not. But I think when he comes I’ll be OK. So I’m not really nervous any more. I’m just excited. I can’t wait to meet the baby.
Bill, you’ve met a lot of political and business leaders. Who is one person you met who made a strong impression on you?
Bill: I had the option to go speak in Malaysia, and I went over there with Neil Armstrong. For me it was just a surreal moment. We were having dinner in a hotel together, and I was thinking to myself, ‘My kids’ kids’ kids’ kids’ kids will be reading about this man. And I’m sitting here having a bottle of red wine with him.’ So for me it was like, ‘Wow, this whole journey I’ve been on has been pretty cool.’
What do you hope people learn from you?
Giuliana: Someone told us the other day that she’d been married 20 years and she watches the two of us everyday and she still learns from us. And I love that. I just don’t want people to be afraid to love and show love to one another.
Bill: And you can never quit. I think some people just give up too easily and they walk away when things get tough. I think you’ve got to persevere and you’ve got to get through it. A marriage requires effort, not work. We always say you have to put effort into a marriage. And that’s what we do.
Shelly Bradbury covers police and crime in Chattanooga and Hamilton County for the Times Free Press. She's been with the paper since 2012, working first as an intern and then as a business reporter. She is from Houghton, New York, and graduated from Huntington University in Huntington, Indiana, with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and minor in management. Before moving to Tennessee, Shelly previously interned with The Goshen News, The Sandusky Register and The Mint ...