Television

They still miss Stephanie

creditKTLA's own viewer forum filled up today with more comments about the Rose Parade broadcast than on any other topic in months. Most are strongly pro-Stephanie Edwards and vent at either station manager Vinnie Malcolm, new co-host Michaela Pereira or old-timer Bob Eubanks. Several commenters were put off by Eubanks' line about three new mustangs replacing the parade's oldest horses next year, "sorta like what happens to older commentators on television." At the end of the broadcast, I'm told that Eubanks said his contact is up and he doesn't know if he will be back. [He also apparently referred to Pereira as "Stephanie" at least once.] A sample of the posts:

Stephanie Edwards knows more about the Rose Parade than Bob Eubanks could ever read....

Stephanie Edwards has CARRIED Bob Eubanks for years, covering for his mistakes and bringing viewers unsurpassed knowledge of the Rose Parade....

Neither my husband or I have ever written a TV station before but this situation angered me so much that we had to "say something"!
PLEASE BRING STEPHANIE EDWARDS BACK TO KTLA'S ROSE PARADE COVERAGE!!!...

This new direction the station is taking is disgusting. I refuse to ever watch the Rose Parade on KTLA again, I called CEO of the Tribune Co. to voice my opinion, I emailed KTLA, and I will be mailing Vinnie, the Gen. Manager of KTLA as soon as USPS opens up again....

I am tired of Bob Eubanks and his butchering of names and facts, and would like to see Michaela and Stephanie in the booth....

THANK YOU, KTLA, for dumping Stephanie Edwards! This is the first time in years that I have contentedly watched the parade on KTLA with the sound turned on. Stephanie Edwards was SO irritating to me that although KTLA unquestionably has the best coverage of the parade, I could not bear to watch/listen to the KTLA broadcasts...

I love that Micheala is doing it. I am glad they added a new face, to change it up. It was getting boring, for me anyways....

Here's a selection of the email to LA Observed this time around.

Previously:
Rain won't fall on Stephanie again

Photo from 2004 parade: L.A. Times


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