Return of the Queen: Stephanie Edwards is back, bitches!

As lifelong Tournament of Roses parade geeks — and one time attendees of the actual parade! — Christine and I were thrilled to hear the news today that Stephanie Edwards, the spunky, red-headed ray of sunshine to Bob Eubanks dark cloud, is returning to the job she made famous this year and will be co-hosting the parade from Pasadena on New Year’s Day, 2009! Yay!

For those of you who might have forgotten, fan-favorite Edwards wasn’t just “phased out” by the heartless bastards at KTLA, she was pretty much stoned to death on live TV. Seriously!

First, they decreased her payday by $18,000, then, hoping to sex-up the show with the addition of spicy Latina, Michaela Pereira, they kicked Edwards out of the broadcasting booth and forced her out into the street on the one year it rained cats and freaking dogs in Pasadena. Yep…even God was irked.

But despite the fact that she was dripping wet and clinging mightily to her own umbrella the whole time — they couldn’t have given her a tarp or something? — Edwards kept her cool and worked her parade reporting magic one more time. And you know why? Because that’s what professional bad-asses do, yo!

And instead of rewarding Edwards for her hard work in the pounding rain, KTLA promptly fired her and then had the gall to accuse Edwards of coercing her fans to deluge their offices with hate mail. Um, excuse me? Y’all got hate mail because you screwed up…not because Edwards asked us to send it in…please!

But the good news is that there is a new regime at KTLA who has apparently seen the error in their ways and done everything they can to bring Edwards back into the Rose Parade fold. So, welcome home, Red! New Year’s day can’t come soon enough in our household!

Now, if we could only do something about those embarassingly awful City of Burbank floats we’d be all set…

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4 responses to “Return of the Queen: Stephanie Edwards is back, bitches!

  1. Danielle

    Oh thank gawd. Now we can all take a collective sigh of relief!

  2. Damon

    I remember when the tarp they had over her spilled rainwater out. It was pretty sad.

    And, while I liked Michaela Pereira back when we watched the Morning News regularly, I thought she didn’t have the skills to pull it off. Maybe Stephanie and Bob Eubanks made it look easy.

    I used to work with Ms. Edwards a lot a few years back. She’s really is as nice as she seems.
    Some might think there’s a Sue Ann Nivens hiding in there, but she’s the real deal.

  3. yeti9000

    Dude, I am so jealous that you got to work with Edwards. I am not surprised at all to hear that she is as cool as she appears…some people just have that glow and she is one of them!

    Long live the Edwards-Eubanks Rose Parade!! 🙂

  4. I remember her grocery store commercials vividly. Ah, how I miss those days.

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