US Magazine reported that Rancic, 39, revealed that chatting with the Oscar-winning actor, 49, was less-than-ideal when she appeared on Watch What Happens Live!
"I had been at E! for a year, and I literally was like, 'I'm gonna go easy because he's pretty tough,'" she said. "And so I said, 'Are you excited to be here tonight? Your big movie premiere?' And he goes, 'I'm contractually obligated to be here. What's your next question?'"
When Rancic asked Crowe about seeing all his fans, she said, before Crowe ended the interview by leaving, his response was:
“That's your second question?"
Happily, Rancic would have more pleasant interviews in the years since. One of them was with Bill Rancic, who became famous by winning the Donald Trump-produced show The Apprentice.
"When we first met, I think we knew there was something special. On our second date — this is what we tell people — we were making plans for six or seven months in advance, which I had never done in my life before,” Bill, 42, said, according to Hello!
Shortly afterward, he proposed to her and the two walked down the aisle in 2007.
Today, they are the proud parents of son Duke, 1. They can also be seen on the reality show Giuliana & Bill, which is set to begin its new season April 1.