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(who went on to groom the J5 and later became a multimedia exec and gave us "Sister, Sister", "Smart Guy", "Class Act" and a lot of westerns and TV movies, some of which were about her old job) started the "Call Her Miss Ross" shit on the set of the "TCB" special in late August 1968 (it aired in December):
Everyone on the production - including Mary Wilson and the four legacy Temptations, all of whom had known Diana since she was a child - were all required to call her "Miss Ross", which they found ludicrous.
But this was obviously calculated internal marketing to present Diana - even to her colleagues - as a "star" apart from the other stars. It just happened to stick.