Giuliana & Bill Rancic welcome son Edward Duke via gestational carrier

Back in April, Giuliana and Bill Rancic announced that they were expecting their first child together via a gestational carrier. Giuliana and Bill even aired the moment they found out they were expecting on their reality show, Giuliana & Bill, and I think most people were really happy for them. Giuliana had fertility struggles for years, struggles which she had been very open with discussing, and then last year she battled breast cancer, a double mastectomy and breast-reconstruction. Well, finally some good news! Giuliana and Bill have welcomed a healthy baby boy!

He’s here! Bill and Giuliana Rancic welcomed their first child, son Edward Duke Rancic, on Wednesday, Aug. 29 in Denver, the couple announced via Twitter Thursday morning.

“The ‘Duke’ has landed! Edward Duke Rancic was welcomed into the world last night at 7lbs 4oz,” the Apprentice winner writes. “G & I feel blessed beyond words…We did it!”

Born at 10:12 p.m. with the parents in the delivery room, the baby’s cord was cut by Bill and he was first held by Giuliana, the couple tell E! News.

After struggles with infertility, miscarriage and a breast cancer battle for E! news anchor and Fashion Police co-host Giuliana, 37, the couple announced that they were expecting a baby via gestational surrogate.

In June, the Rancics shared that they’d be welcoming a boy whom they planned to give a traditional name.

“Our journey has a happy ending,” Bill, 41, tells PEOPLE. “We didn’t give up, we didn’t quit and we’re going to have a good ending to this.”

[From People]

Edward Duke Rancic? Thoughts on the name? I like Edward okay… it seems old-fashioned to me, and it would remind me of British royalty even without the “Duke” in his middle name. That being said, I suspect the “Edward” is probably more Twihardy in origin, don’t you think? Or maybe it’s a family name on Bill’s side? As for Duke… maybe Bill is really into John Wayne?

Anyway, many congratulations to Bill and Giuliana. Believe it or not, I think they have a very strong marriage (mostly because Bill seems like such a solid and decent man), and I have high hopes that this will be a family that makes it years and years.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Nev says:


  2. valleymiss says:

    Edward Duke. Hmm. I kinda dig that name, Twilight and Leann Rimes’ husband aside. Lol Good for them!

  3. stinky says:

    anorexia struggles usually equate to ‘fertility’ struggles. congrats to the breeders & their gestational-carrier tho. (wtf)

    • Heather says:

      Who pissed in your cornflakes?

    • liteNOTSObrite says:

      Yes, i remember her interview on The View where she mentioned the doctors telling her to put on 10 lbs and she acted like that was an outrageous request. She said she put on 5 lbs and was having a hard enough time dealing with that.

    • hazeldazel says:

      yeah… the only fertility problem she has is her anorexia. The only reason they discovered the breast cancer was she wanted to do IVF rather than gain the doctor-ordered 10 pounds. Glad they found the cancer but damn…

      Have you seen a recent pic of her? She’s dropped a LOT of weight recently (as in after all the cancer treatments were well over), not sure how she’s gonna cope with a baby – probably with a lot of nannies or whatever. *shrugs*

      • daisydoodle says:

        I’m sure she’s on tomoxaphen (sp?), which is usually what is recommended for br cancer patient. It’s usually a 5 yr treament, unfortunately, one of the side effects of this drug is weight gain. She will be fighting an uphill battle..

    • Pcenluv says:

      Her weight could also have nothing to do with. I’m 100 lbs, I’ve also had a very healthy sized baby. I’m not anorexic, bulemic, or any other disorder. Don’t be “that” guy….the bully.

  4. Aud says:

    What a term…
    ‘gestational carrier’.
    Freaking weird.

  5. phaksi says:

    Why is it gestational carrier now and not surrogate mother? it makes it sound like the woman is carrying a disease for them

    • Christine says:

      Gestational carrier means that the baby is genetically Bills and Gs.

    • F5 says:

      LOL Ikr.
      Congrats, wishing them health but dam, these are the worst famewhores evah.

      • pf says:

        Agreed about the famewhores part. I didn’t mind them until I realized they are selling and filming every detail of their lives, some moments that should’ve been kept private. They might appear to have a strong marriage, but once those cameras are turned off, expect problems.

  6. dorothy says:

    Glad for them. Glad it’s over. Tired of hearing about it.

  7. sara says:

    gestational carrier- so the woman carrying a child for 10 month that she then has to give away and never see again (every one who has ever undergone a pregnancy and a child birth now its pretty emotional) is “un humanized” even more

    • Cindy says:

      You mean as much as you just devalued everyone who hasn’t given birth and doesn’t “know”? Pretty sure this woman wasn’t forced.

    • Christine says:

      What are they supposed to call her? Baby mama? She doesnt want her name used for privacy reasons. And the baby is not genetically linked to her. It’s an accurate statement and GCs do this because they want to help other couples have children AND they get paid very well. It’s lovely and the height of all that is best about people. Unlike you.

    • stinky says:

      well its all gross & bothersome to me – but so are kids – so my opinions def dont matter! haha. i’m all for a surrogate getting WELL COMPENSATED tho – thats for sure.

  8. francesca1 says:

    I think Giulinana’s dad is named Edouardo or something similar?

    • idk says:

      Yes her father’s name is Eduardo and Bills father’s name is Edward I believe…so the name does make sense. They mentioned Edward as being a possible name months ago. Not sure where they got “Duke” from though.

      • Nancy says:

        Maybe one of them had a well loved golden retriever? (I don’t mean to mock the kid, but seriously–it sounds like a pompous dog name.)

  9. gee says:

    Love the name! Congrats to them, that baby was like the most wanted baby in Hollywood.

  10. lucy2 says:

    Congrats to them!
    I kind of hope becoming a mother and having someone else to focus on makes her not so worried about gaining an ounce or two. She needs to take care of herself.

  11. Liz says:

    Bill’s dad’s name was Edward.

  12. rose says:

    congratulations to them! I’ve struggled with infertility and never made it to where they are so this is a real highlight for me! hope lives!

    • Chicagogurl17 says:

      Same here Rose. Hang in there my friend! Sending a martini and hug.

    • Johanna says:

      Hoping your dreams come true, girls. Never lose hope!

    • Christine says:

      I struggled for 3 years to have a full term pregnancy after several losses. I now have TWO little boys. It is worth all the heartache and I sincerely hope it happens for you. xoxo

  13. Revlon10 says:

    I cant get passed they both have fake teeth and all she needs 20 lbs to look human. Her bony self was stressed about gaining 5 pounds, even after her doctor suggested it, of course she needs a gestational carrier.
    Life is about experiences, one of the best is caring your child, I think.

  14. Dibba says:

    good for them. Hope they don’t exploit the crap out of the kid, which I’m sure they will

  15. Gabrielle says:

    If I was their gestational carrier, I would wanna be on TV. I would be like, “Ok, I’ll do this but I wanna be on your show and I wanna be interviewed on E! news and on a red carpet.”
    But this woman wants to remain anonnymous. Maybe she is shy.

    • Johanna says:

      I’m not attacking you but have you ever considered the thought that she genuinely wanted to help a struggling couple who were unable to conceive naturally?
      Some people are content with helping & don’t require fame in exchange.

  16. Electra says:

    So weird, so immoral, so selfish… I feel bad for the woman who was used like a tool to carry a child. It’s not child harvesting. Makes me sick that a person could have enough money to have someone else carry their DNA. Why not adopt? Seriously? I guess ego and money rule the world. It’s sick and pathetic. Not to mention what you have to explain to the child. “I’m your mother, but not your mother.” Awesome.

    • Kim says:

      Did you adopt? Were you one of those ‘selfish’ people who wanted a biological child?Be grateful if you gave birth to a biological child rather than judging us who can’t.

    • Cindy says:

      Your comment is not only offensive, it makes no sense. A woman who uses a gestational carrier will have the problem of “having to explain you’re their mother, but not their mother” because she didn’t give birth but ZOMG why didn’t they adopt? Wouldn’t they have the same “mother but not mother” problem? Can’t we just accept that a mother is whoever raises/loves a child and who the child recognizes as their mother.

    • RobN says:

      Electra, you sound very young and like somebody who hasn’t had to deal with any of life’s disappointments yet. It’s very easy to have opinions about things you haven’t had to deal with. But don’t worry, you’ll get your turn, we all do, and then you’ll realize that people just do the best they can.

    • lucy2 says:

      The woman wasn’t “used”, she’s obviously an adult who made the decision to do this for them, and I’m sure was compensated. Everyone agreed to it.
      Personally, I would probably choose to adopt rather than go this route, but that’s my choice, and everyone should be allowed to choose for themselves.

    • Nev says:

      do some research before you type statements like that.

  17. Lulubelle says:

    Yeh but that lady had a choice, no one forced her into having someone else’s child.

  18. JudyK says:

    Like the name and happy for them!

    Now, eat a cheeseburger w/ fries and a milkshake, G. Seriously.

  19. Ella says:

    Congratulations, but PLEASE don’t call the baby “Duke.” Eddie Rancic sounds just fine.

  20. Sammihami says:

    Some of the poster here seem to think that anorexia is a choice. It is most assuredly not. Yes, she had difficulty with the notion of gaining weight. Not because she is vain-because she has a very real disease that is extremely difficult to treat.

    That doesn’t mean she can’t be a great mother to little Edward. My own mother is anorexic. She’s now 71 and I’m 47. My mom is great, even with her illness. I wouldn’t trade her for anything. Yes, I do get frustrated with her sometimes, but who doesn’t get frustrated with their parents from time to time?

    • Queen says:

      This! Anorexia is a disease, its not a case of ‘omg she wouldnt’ even put on 10lbs’, but it would’ve been hard for her to put on the 5 with her disease. So happy for them after their struggles

  21. mel says:

    I just really don’t care for them…but I’m glad the baby is healthy>:) It seems this pregnancy went on FOREVA! Of course they will exploit the baby for years to come…its all they know how to do at this point. I do feel she put her own needs ahead of having a baby…but thats just my opinion.

  22. carrie says:


  23. hopperlea says:


    On another note. I give it a week before we see them doing the “Rachel Zoe” baby walk in Beverly Hills to ‘famewhore’, I mean show off their little one.

  24. FreeSpiritedGirl says:

    Congratulation to the new parents. :)

  25. EssJJay says:

    Im not a fan but Congrats to these too… Thank God someone admit using surrogacy without pretending to be pregnant, using prego props, stuffing with pillow…e.t.c. Its so stressful even talking about it.

  26. Reece says:

    Congrats to them!

  27. benny says:

    If her husband was really supportive, he would insist she get mental health treatment for her anorexia. Her hair has receded half-way to the back of her head from malnutrition. How “loving” can he possibly be if he turns a blind eye to it?

    To me they seem like typical shallow faux-”celebrities” who whore out their private lives to reality tv.

  28. NannaB says:

    You should see the negativity over on DListed. Very strong opinions!

    I, too, am glad the birth of Edward is over and all is well. Although, now it will be a never-ending decision to decide on which designer to dress ED in, as well as themselves, on any public outing.

    I suppose they could always call Rachael Zoe; I hear she is struggling in this rough economy. LOL!

  29. Bird says:

    Welcome to the world, baby Edward! It was a long road and I’m truly happy for them.

  30. Pat Dorty says:

    I don’t see what anyone see’s in her? She looks like Skellator!

  31. Amber says:

    Yay!!! I’m so happy this moment has finally arrived for them after so many years of struggle.

  32. Steph says:

    Congrats, and now she can start her post baby workouts she described previously. Smh

  33. Ally says:

    Lovely news, congrats to them.

  34. Jane says:

    They seem like nice people and I like them, but Bill has one of the worst veneers ever. All I see in him is his big, white teeth like Jim Carrey in the Mask.

  35. LeslieM says:

    Congratulations! Let’s hope mom’s health is good in every way.

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