Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

With 73 years of combined experience sitting in a metal box high above Colorado Boulevard, Bob Eubanks and Stephanie Edwards signed off from their KTLA Rose Parade duties Friday.

Eubanks and Edwards had told station management that this would be their last year, after 38 years anchoring the parade for Eubanks and 35 years at the parade for Edwards.

The respectful-but-sometimes-bickering pair will be replaced next year by Mark Steines and Leaza Gibbons, KTLA announced last year.

Both made personal references during the broadcast, with Eubanks recalling working as a boy at a Hollywood movie theater, and Edwards her start in Hollywood.

“Forty years ago, I came to Southern California, hoping to work here,” Edwards said at the end of the parade telecast. “And my first landing spot was a small apartment, several blocks from this very spot.

“Pasadena has felt, it will always feel like home for me. It’s been a joy to start all these years with you,” she concluded.

“Well, we’ve done it,” said Eubanks at the end of the telecast.

“I would like to take this opportunity, and I mean this, to thank the millions of viewers who have been our partners presenting the Rose Parade in Pasadena every New Year’s Day.”

—Staff and wire reports

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