U2 famously sang “Nothing changes on New Year’s Day.” Tell that to fans of the Tournament of Roses Parade, who might be a bit taken aback by this: The longtime L.A. announcing team of Bob Eubanks and Stephanie Edwards said today that the 2016 parade will be their last in the booth. The duo dropped the news on LA outlet KTLA, which has aired the Pasadena event since the late 1940s. Eubanks’ first stint in the announcer’s chair was in 1979; Edwards joined him three years later. Below is a pic from that first year together in 1982.
“I wanted to go out on top,” Eubanks said this morning. “After so many years of hosting the biggest day of KTLA’s TV year, it felt right to say goodbye on great terms. My family is already planning a week away after Christmas next year – a novelty I haven’t experienced in 38 years. Also, I am working on a handful of projects that need me available to travel during the busy holiday season.” Added Edwards: “Timing is a gift that those of us in show business take pride in. We believe the time is right. It’s always good to leave before you’re asked to do so and for an audience to say, ‘We’re going to miss you.’”
KTLA took no small amount of flak for replacing Edwards for the 2006 parade with then-anchor Michaela Pereira — now a co-host of CNN’s New Day. Edwards was relegated to street reporter that year, standing in the rain between live shots. Despite a public outcry from loyal L.A. viewers, she didn’t work the parade the next two years, but KTLA reteamed her with Eubanks in 2009. They have shared the booth since.
Aside from their association with the Rose Parade, Eubanks and Edwards have been familiar faces on Los Angeles broadcast scene for decades. He started as a DJ on KRLA before famously hosting The Newlywed Game from 1966 into the mid-’80s and again in the late ’90s, along with other game shows. Eubanks, who also was instrumental in bringing the Beatles to the Hollywood Bowl, has a Lifetime Achievement Emmy and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Edwards co-hosted AM Los Angeles during the 1970s before going national with AM America — the predecessor to ABC’s Good Morning America.
The pair, who won LA Area Emmy Awards for their Rose Parade work this year, made this announcement during the KTLA Morning News. Here’s the segment: