*A writer on “Fashion Police” was about to sit back and let Giuliana Rancic take 100 percent of the fall for her racially-insensitive quip about Zendaya Coleman’s locs.

The latest in this never-ending saga is the revelation that Rancic’s “I feel like she smells like patchouli oil, maybe weed” comment regarding the 18-year-old’s dreadlocks was a scripted joke written by one of the writers.

The joke was supposed to include, “she should be touring with the Grateful Dead,” however her co-host Kathy Griffin interrupted her.

The source revealed that not one person on set or anyone at E! complained about the joke before the Academy Awards special aired on Monday night, including a black senior producer who sits in the edit suite – and did not cut the joke.