Webb: Media Response To Musburger Comments Has Been "Unfair"
Katherine Webb appeared on NBC’s “Today” and discussed ESPN broadcaster Brent Musburger's comments about her during Monday's Alabama-Notre Dame BCS National Championship Game. Prior to Webb being interviewed from Alabama, the show ran a two-minute report from correspondent Andrea Canning setting up the story. Webb said of Musburger, “I think the media has been really unfair to him. I think that if he would have said something along the lines that we were hot or sexy or made any derogatory statements like that, I think that would have been a little bit different.” Webb said of ESPN's public apology, “Of course I appreciate it but at the same time I don’t think I needed an apology.” Webb, on her newfound fame: “I’m honestly really shocked that it took off like that. I think that we need to draw back our attention to who the real winners are, and that’s the Alabama football team” (“Today,” NBC, 1/9). The Webb interview was exclusive to "Today," although CBS' "Early Show" and ABC's "GMA" mentioned the story (THE DAILY).
ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel during his monologue noted, “The cameras found Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron’s girlfriend in the stands and Brent Musburger, the play-by-play announcer, went nuts.” A video was shown of an overweight, shirtless man cheering in the stands. Kimmel added, “It’s not just the way she looks, its how she carries herself. By the way, at the beginning of the game, the woman, Katherine Webb, had about 2,000 followers on Twitter. Now she has almost 200,000 followers, proving once and for all that men are horny” (“Jimmy Kimmel Live,” ABC, 1/8).