Val Diamond, the gorgeous "oak tree-like icon " behind Beach Blanket Babylon's big hat, will be leaving. Over there for more than 30 years, Diamond is best known for "channeling Ethel Merman to the delight of princes, queens and generations of tourists." Why she's leaving is unclear. Phil Bronstein reports:

Circumstances surrounding her exit are unclear. No reason is mentioned in the broadwayworld post, which included a statement from BBB's impresario, Jo Schuman Silver. Calls are in. The drama continues.

Bronstein goes on to suggest that B3 create some sort of statue in her honor. We agree.

Take a look at some of Diamond's work in the clip above.