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Two who were left empty-handed were KEZ-FM radio personalities Beth McDonald and Bill Austin. Planet-boosters from the git-go, the duo had done numerous promotional remotes from the Planet-in-progress prior to the big gala. But opening night found the pair standing out in the parking lot with the rest of the plebeians, waiting to interview a parade of celebrities that was nearly two hours late in arriving. "Planet Hollywood wanted a lot of coverage before they opened--and they got it," reports McDonald. "But when the big night rolled around, it was, 'Hey, stand outside, folks!'" McDonald confesses that she initially felt "disappointed" that she and her partner weren't invited to participate in the festivities. "Now that I think about it, though, I don't know why," she laughs. McDonald isn't the only one recovering from a self-induced hype hangover. "To tell you the truth, I'm tired of hearing about Planet Hollywood," says the Republic's Mike Clancy, who (along with his colleagues on the entertainment desk) did as much as anyone to make sure everyone else felt the same way.
"Right now, I'd just like to forget about it.