As someone with authority thought that it was a good addition to the Guide, I think that it's extremely unlikely that it's going to be removed any time soon.
I don't mind it myself but as it's more of an 'accessibility' change I don't understand why they didn't add the option to toggle it on or off.
I totally agree with you but alas I think it's here to stay.
I cannot understand how anybody thought it a good idea.:(