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Stephanie Edwards comes in from the cold

September 18, 2008 |  4:17 pm

Exile on Main Street She's back -- Stephanie Edwards, the true queen of the Rose Parade, bumped from her cozy booth in 2006 by Michaela Pereira and sent to stand alone in the cold New Year's Day rain.

Bob Eubanks sounded cranky during that broadcast, a perky Pereira blithely demoted Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Grand Marshal of the parade, to the superior court, and viewers swiftly rallied to Edwards' defense.

Now the titian-haired expert in horticultural minutiae is back, bygones are bygones and Pereira continues at KTLA. Our own Greg Braxton spoke with Edwards about her return:

"Hell has frozen over," Edwards said in a phone interview Wednesday. "It feels great, of course."

Her comeback brings a happy twist to the parade saga, which prompted an uproar from longtime fans when Edwards, then 61, was exiled from the booth in 2005 in favor of the much younger KTLA morning news coanchor Michaela Pereira.

The furor was fueled by Edwards' assignment on a rainy day -- working the sidelines in the viewer grandstands where she became drenched. Soon after the soaking, she was fired. The station was later flooded with complaints from viewers who felt she had been treated shabbily.

Although looking forward to her new beginning, Edwards admitted to some apprehension.

More about the backstage drama, how the reconciliation took place, and why tense broadcast moments between Edwards and Eubanks are really a sign of love, in Greg's full story.

-- Veronique de Turenne