Over the past few years, some of the biggest traffic here at Laura's Miscellaneous Musings has been generated by an annual New Year's discussion regarding the disappearance of Stephanie Edwards from KTLA's Rose Parade coverage.
The station's firing of longtime host Stephanie in favor of a younger woman, while they retained Stephanie's colleague Bob Eubanks, was disappointing to those of us who have watched KTLA's excellent parade coverage over the span of many years.
You can follow some of the history of this controversy in posts dated January 2, 2006, December 29, 2006, and January 1, 2008. You can find further posts by clicking on these links.
Today comes most interesting news, via Al Lutz's Editor's Note at MiceAge: "Not Disney-related, but probably still of interest; KTLA's Rose Parade telecast this year will bring back Stephanie Edwards to co-host with Bob Eubanks. Two years ago they tried to replace Edwards with a younger morning show personality, humiliating the long-time veteran by relegating her to the bleachers in the soaking rain. But it became painfully clear the change was a mistake, as audiences missed the rather 'unique' banter between the two long-time hosts."
Many thanks to Irene for the tip.
The L.A. Times (click title of this post) confirms that Stephanie will return to the broadcast booth on January 1, 2009.
Kudos for KTLA for -- finally -- listening to its viewers and restoring Stephanie to the Rose Parade team.
Congratulations and welcome back, Stephanie!
Update: Welcome to readers of L.A. Observed!
Update: Welcome to readers of the L.A. Daily News blog Come On Feel the Nuys.
Thursday Update: KTLA told Stephanie: "Stephanie, if you need $50,000, you shall have $50,000."
Stephanie, who describes herself as "very moved and humbled," has certainly come out of this smelling like the proverbial rose. Good for her.
January 1, 2009 Update: Welcome to everyone looking for information on Stephanie Edwards returning to the KTLA broadcast booth. You can read an update posted today here.