2/12: “Hot Topics” Kimberley Kennedy writes a book about being “Left at the Altar”
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kimberley Kennedy was the center of the Peach Buzz universe for a time in 1997 when Cumulus Radio CEO Lew Dickey dumped her during the rehearsal dinner the day before the wedding.
Dickey has never publicly talked about the breakup. Kennedy did so with the AJC, “Good Morning America” and the like. Now, 12 years later, she has written a book dubbed “Left in the Altar,” which includes her thoughts about the day she was broken up, why she thought it happened and how she got through it. There are also passages on how she coped and how others who have been rejected can cope.
I’ve read a good portion of the book myself. She is quite open about her own issues and how she missed all the signs that maybe Dickey wasn’t really ready to marry her after all (e.g. changing the wedding dates, having a hard time leaving the car to get the marriage license, et. al). She also brings a lot of her religious faith into play and the internal battles she had with God over her own emotions and actions.
A small excerpt:
Lew was late, but then he was always late, so I wasn’t really concerned until a few moments later when his sister came in. In stark contrast to the happy people who had already arrived, she was pale and obviously shaken. She came up to me and said that Lew needed to see me.. and in that moment I knew. Lew, the priest, and I went into her office. Before Lew said a word, I begged him not to do it, not to say it.
He was clearly distraught, and when he was finally able to speak, he looked directly at me and simply said, “Kimberley, I can’t do it.”
The biggest revelation, known only to a few people, is she actually reconciled with Dickey a few months after the wedding debacle. But it ultimately didn’t work. Years later, she did run into him a restaurant and felt okay about the encounter. She wasn’t devastated. She had moved on.
It’s a good read. The book comes out Tuesday. You can get order it at Amazon.
Kennedy at the time of her marriage was an evening host for WSB-TV. For several years, she has hosted the late-night entertainment news show “Hot Topics.”