"It was kind of like hearing my eulogy without having to die. When I was absent from the (Tournament of Roses) parade, viewers had written and called in and said, 'you know Bob and Stephanie are meat and potatoes; they are also a part of the tradition. If you'd fired both of them, we'd understand, they're both getting on in years. We understand that things have to move, but you fired one of them, and you fired the girl, what's up with that?' Management recognized that the audience had a stake in this, and to their credit and my amazement they called and said, 'We've decided you've got a few good miles left in you. We'd like you to come back.'"