I’ve watched – as no doubt we have all watched – as woman after woman has come forward with allegations of sexual harassment against men either in the workplace or in their daily lives. High profile names like Trump, Weinstein, Spacey, Lauer, Rose, C.K. (is that a last name?), Batali, Piven. And probably like most of you, I’ve been appalled at some of the claims of behavior – men pulling out their penises and whacking off in front of women (Seriously, who does that?) Or having a button under the desk that shuts the office door? But I have believed every woman’s claim because if it was my daughter or my sister or my mother who was making that claim, I would want the world to believe her. This avalanche of allegations spawned the #MeToo hashtag, which has been used by far too many people this country in the past few weeks. The so-called Silence Breakers were even named by Time Magazine as Person of the Year. And until now, I have watched this all unfold from a distance without a personal tie.
That has now changed.
The news today that longtime Good Day LA anchor Steve Edwards was let go from KTTV after more than 20 years hit me like a ton of bricks. Edwards was reportedly let go because sexual harassment allegations were made against him. All the station will confirm is that Steve Edwards no longer works there. But the story is in The Hollywood Reporter and Variety and Us Weekly and Deadline. It’s everywhere. And this hit me like a ton of bricks because I worked with Steve Edwards as little as two months ago as the Executive Producer of Good Day LA and for more than three years from 2006-2009 as a producer on the show.
I’ve gotten texts all day since the story broke asking me about it. All I can reply is the truth: I don’t know the circumstances, nor is it any of my business. But my truth is that Steve Edwards has never been anything but truly lovely and kind and wonderful to me every day that I worked with him. After I was diagnosed with cancer in August – and left the show for treatment and to take care of myself – Steve texted me every 10 days or so to check in on me and to see how I was faring. It meant the world to me and it was not surprising because that had been my experience with Steve from day one. And when I walked back into the studio to appear on Good Day LA a few weeks ago for a segment about the kind of cancer I was battling and the subsequent diagnosis, Steve was ready with a huge hug.
Please know that this is not to discredit, disparage or in any way cast doubt on the reported allegations. I’m sure that the decision to let go one of the most popular figures in Los Angeles television was not an easy one. But just as I watched Norah O’Donnell and Gayle King and Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb struggle with their respective situations, there’s little doubt that the people who know Steve Edwards are struggling with this situation, myself included.
And it just sucks all around.