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…