Remember Stefanie Woods, a k a Cookie Monster?
The 22-year-old Parkland woman, who earned the nickname in 2008 after her $168 theft from a Girl Scout selling cookies in Boynton Beach then bragged about it on TV, turned up on Comedy Central last week.
The interview with Tosh.O comedian host Daniel Tosh was about the incident, which made her a national example of wayward youth.
Thing is: She was supposed to be on house arrest at her folks’ Broward home after pleading guilty in Palm Beach County to armed robbery and kidnapping in an incident unrelated to the Girl Scout caper.
According to court papers, Woods actually was allowed by a judge to take the all-expenses-paid trip to Hollywood (Calif.) for the interview.
She even made $633 for her trouble.
In asking for permission, Woods’ attorney wrote that she had been a good girl while confined to her house.
So Judge Richard Oftedal agreed to let Woods go to Tinseltown under certain conditions, including that she limit travels between a hotel, the Tosh.0 set and restaurants.
Neither Woods’ attorney nor Oftedal returned calls.
“Thank you for getting me out of house arrest,” Woods told Tosh while on the air.
There must be a couple things that the official job description for morning weathercaster on WSVN-Channel 7 leaves out.
Like being a woman in your late 20s — and being able to point at dots on a map while keeping your perfect posture and balance on high, high heels.
Introducing Vivian Gonzalez, who’s perfect for the job.
She was tapped to replace ex-NFL cheerleader Julie Durda as weekday morning forecaster on the Fox affiliate’s Today in Florida.
Durda was a favorite with male viewers who posted on YouTube videos of her talking about lighting storms in clingy dresses. But Durda resigned abruptly in what’s believed to have been a contract dispute.
Replacement Gonzalez. 29, is an FIU grad who started at WSVN as behind-the-scenes producer in 2005.
She starts her new high-profile gig at 5 a.m. Monday.
VP of News Alice Jacobs said Gonzalez got the gig because she's good at “connecting” with the public!
“Vivian’s passion for weather coupled with her ability to connect to viewers makes her the perfect choice,” Jacobs said in a statement.
Superstar singer songwriter Gavin DeGraw ( Not Over You, I Don't Want To Be) brought his piano to the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables Thursday night to help raise cash for Everglades preservation.
“I was born in the Catskills [N.Y.],” DeGraw said, “and the outdoors and nature always meant a lot to me. I'll do whatever I can to help protect the Everglades.
“And since I own property up the street in Hollywood, I've got a vested interest.”
DeGraw is the latest chart-topper to perform at a fundraiser for the Everglades Foundation.
Over the past few years, the nonprofit's galas took place at The Breakers in Palm Beach and featured the likes of Dave Matthews, Sting and Kenny Chesney.
The Biltmore event for 200-plus supporters who paid $325 each to hear DeGraw was the Palmetto Bay-based foundation’s first foray into the Miami area charity circuit — and probably not the last.