Roses for KTLA's Stephanie Edwards
There’ll be no rain on the upcoming Tournament of Roses Parade for former KTLA-TV host Stephanie Edwards -- at least, not figuratively.
Edwards, the veteran broadcaster who was removed from the station’s coverage of the New Year’s Day event two years ago after co-hosting for more than 25 years, will return to her familiar role on Jan. 1, 2009, station executives announced Tuesday.
“The people at the station thought it was a great idea, and Stephanie thought it was a great idea,” said station spokesman Paul Nichols.
She will be reunited with co-host Bob Eubanks for the parade.
KTLA was heavily criticized in 2005 when the then-63-year-old Edwards was replaced in the broadcast booth by KTLA Morning News co-anchor Michaela Pereira, who was much younger. Edwards was confined to a sideline role interviewing crowd members.
The controversy increased when she was soaked by rain during the parade. Edwards has not appeared on the broadcast since 2006.
Pereira will also participate in the broadcast in a yet-to-be-determined capacity, executives said.
-- Greg Braxton
KTLA's Stephanie Edwards and Bob Eubanks / KTLA