May 27, 2012
The three morning show co-hosts, who together dominated Los Angeles television market ratings for years, were strangely compelling as a dysfunctional family.
With Steve Edwards placed as a father figure between two beautiful sisters who squabble, the Steve-Dorothy-Jillian team of "Good Day L.A." wowed, shocked and argued their way to #1.
Suddenly, Dorothy Lucey was fired, sending longtime viewers and fans into total shock. She will not be back on tomorrow. She will not be back at all.
It's over, L.A.
Southern Californians started each day at 7:00 AM with Steve, Dorothy and Jillian for 17 consecutive years. They were considered to be like family members.
Today, it feels like somebody died. Dorothy died, at least on FOX-11, after being in our homes for longer than most marriages last.
We have watched our three favorite morning anchors fight and make up thousands of times over all these years. We knew every personal detail of their lives, sometimes too many details.
We have yelled through the TV at them, cried with them, and laughed with them so hard that snot flew out of our noses.
Come hell or high water, Steve, Dorothy and Jillian were there for us every day - and we stuck with them through every conceivable drama, emergency and personal triumph.
It is beyond many of us (including Simon Cowell) how "Good Day L.A." is ever going to enjoy further success without blonde Dorothy Lucey.
Replacements will be auditioned, but nobody else is Dorothy - just like nobody else is Regis (whom Dorothy co-hosted with years ago).
What's more, brunette Jillian Reynolds will now be only a part-timer on the show. What in the world is going on at FOX LA? Exactly who broke up the family... AND WHY?
OCTOBER 2012 UPDATE: Even after millions of hits on this article and subsequent protest emails, FOX 11 has not brought Dorothy Lucey back. In fact, the station tossed out Jillian as well and hired a younger blonde.
Grab the tissues, watch the following video, and say a tearful goodbye, Southern California.
'Good Day L.A.' Drama