Katherine Webb appears on ‘Today,’ says she’s ‘flattered’ by Musburger’s comments (video)


Katherine Webb, perhaps the most famous girlfriend in the history of college football, made an appearance on the Today show on Wednesday morning. In an exclusive interview with Matt Lauer, Webb says she believes that no apology was necessary from ESPN for what some perceived as inappropriate comments made by Brent Musburger during the broadcast of the national championship game between Alabama and Notre Dame on Monday night.

Webb says she had little idea that she was the spark igniting a firestorm online as cameras focused upon her as she sat in the stands and watched boyfriend AJ McCarron and his Crimson Tide teammates obliterate the Fighting Irish. Now that she has learned that she was the object of Musburger’s admiration, she is more “flattered by the attention” than anything and that Musburger’s comments did not rise to the level of being disrespectful, nor did those comments require ESPN to apologize, something the network did via a statement issued on Tuesday.

Webb, when discussing her reaction to Musburger’s comments about her as well as AJ McCarron’s mother, told Lauer: “I think the media has been real unfair to him. I think that if he would have said something along the lines of we were hot or sexy or made any derogatory statements like that, I think that would have been a little bit different. But the fact that he said we were both beautiful and gorgeous, I don’t see why any woman wouldn’t be flattered by that. So, I think that they’ve been a little bit unfair to him.”

Lauer followed up, asking Webb, “So no reason for ESPN to apologize in your opinion?” Webb doesn’t believe so, saying, “You know I don’t think it was needed, honestly. I mean, of course I appreciate it but at the same I don’t think that I needed an apology.”

Below is video of what caused the entire controversy:

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  1. DM

    January 9, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    She has a backbone….I’m so tired of namby pamby “I’m offended” types.

    • ToddM43

      January 10, 2013 at 9:40 am

      I agree with you @DM, and think she represents Alabama proudly. What was said on game night may have been over the top but this incredible lady is all class and yes, very beautiful! I would even go so far to say a model for young women to follow.

  2. Jeff Lancaster

    January 9, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Thank goodness for the south where people can still let comments slide off there back. Nothing wrong with his comments . Relax America!

    • Brad Brock

      January 9, 2013 at 5:46 pm

      So Jeff, if you said that at work to a woman it would be OK? Or if someone said that about your wife and/or daughter no problem? What Brent did was as big of a verbal ‘hitting on’ a woman as you could get.

      • Sanders0906

        January 9, 2013 at 6:00 pm

        you’re a moron. All he said was that she was beautiful, Kirk said WOW, and other stuff as well. If you’re so offended that another guy finds your girl beautiful and tells her so, you have the problem not someone else.

        • Brad Brock

          January 9, 2013 at 6:03 pm

          You need to listen to the whole script and the voice inflections then, because it was a whole lot more than “she was beautiful”; then once you listen to it determine if it would be OK to say that in the work place or to your daughter and wife.

          • Man Up

            January 18, 2013 at 10:28 am

            You hands down are an idiot. See, itsidiots like you that are destroing this country. He said she was beautiful, the other guy said wow, but the reality s what they said was true and on top of that she did not take offesnse to it and why should she?

            You know, when women complain that chivalry does notxist in this country anymore it is because men are freaked outto say anything today, but not me so I suggest you go back to namby pamby land!

      • Jim Parmenter

        January 9, 2013 at 6:16 pm

        Brad, you are a nitwit—what a world we live in if we cannot give someone a compliment without fear of being sued or taken to task by someone like you—whether it is complimenting someone on their looks, their hairstyle, new shoes, etc. does not mean they are trying to hit on them—I am married to a former beauty queen who has gotten plenty of compliments over the years and my wife AND I were both flattered—anyone who thinks Brent Musburger was “trying to hit” on these two women on prime time T.V. is nuts—so, people out there just lighten up—it was refreshing to me to hear from the young lady that she was flattered

        • Brad Brock

          January 9, 2013 at 6:34 pm

          I will not name call; and I see no problem with complimenting, and no, I am not a ‘suing’ type of person, I was referring to the real world of what happens; if you want to compliment someone on their looks then do so in descent manner and in the right setting, not in the way Brent did and on the National scene. I am glad you have a beauty queen, I hope all married men feel the same way, but she is your beauty queen, not to the audience in the words he was using; that is my deal, the words he chose were not professional in the position he is in. And ‘lighten up’ is part, and notice I said part, of the problem with some of the social issues we have; those are not my words, they are from ‘experts’ and if you believe in the Bible then you can see it is a problem with those principles as well.

          • Joe

            January 9, 2013 at 9:15 pm

            Doesn’t sound like Ms. Webb needs you defending her. She handled the situation with class and dignity, trying to deflate the whole situation which was blown way out of proportion by everyone (including you).

            • Brad Brock

              January 10, 2013 at 6:41 am

              Not trying to defend her; as a society we have hypocrisies, at different times it is ‘OK’, at others it is not; sometimes people will get in ‘trouble’ for less; some people get a pass while others do not; people have been sued and/or lost their job for the similar actions of Brent; what it should come down to is, what is right and wrong; in the setting that Brent was in, it was wrong. Joe, if you went into your work place and said the same thing in the same way would it just be passed off as OK?

          • Mike

            January 10, 2013 at 8:48 am

            ” I am not a ‘suing’ type of person”
            Well now you’ve offended me. I like to sue people, your comment is offensive to me because you are slandering “suing type” of people. You owe me an apology and I think you should lose your job.
            See how that works?

      • Tony

        January 9, 2013 at 9:07 pm

        Brad, nothing personal as you are without doubt a full blown retard. All the guy did was make note how fine this young woman looked. WTF and by the way, get a life.

        • Mike

          January 10, 2013 at 8:53 am

          Not to mention she is a public figure generated from her beauty in the first place.
          That’s like curing cancer and (other) people being offended when someone refers to you on TV as “really smart”.

  3. ron lewis

    January 9, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    I was threatened by HR for saying to a new hire, “Gosh, you’re beautiful” the first time I met her. No bad intent. It was a business setting in the office, other ladies standing there, and all but the new lady knew I was happily married. But the witch reported it and only being the company’s top sales rep kept me from getting fired.

    • Gio

      January 9, 2013 at 5:36 pm

      That was a very stupid thing to say. You are a moron. What do you sell? Moron supplies.

      • Brad Brock

        January 9, 2013 at 5:43 pm

        What is the difference in what he did to what Brent did; which is my point in my post; it is not proper!

        • Don

          November 12, 2013 at 4:24 pm

          The difference, Brad, is that Miss Alabama is in the business of being beautiful….that’s what she has aspired to be recognized for, and Brent M was simply saying the same thing that pageant judges have been saying…i.e., she’s is beautiful. A woman in an office environment didn’t sign up to have her look evaluated. THAT is the DIFFERENCE.

  4. Brad Brock

    January 9, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    People ought to be ashamed; it is a event that is being watched by impressionable children, not to mention a married person should not speak in such terms; also, as a commentator you should be professional in how you broadcast and not resort to the ‘drooling’ that Brent was doing. While society is more receptive of these type of comments, it doesn’t make it right; and her giving approval does not mean it was right. If a man came up to a woman in the workplace and said the same thing he would be fired and sued; because he is on a major network, making good money, and well known, should not make it OK.

    • MoBettaSports

      January 10, 2013 at 3:22 pm

      Since when is saying that someone is “beautiful and lovely” inappropriate? He never once made a lewd remark or said anything like “she is hot and sexy”. He merely said she was lovely. People who take offense to this are looking for things to jump on. Get a life!

  5. Duane Stover

    January 9, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Well said Jeff!!

  6. JS

    January 9, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    If Brents comments offended you, or, if any persons legitimate comments about a woman, or, your woman, offend you (as long as they aren’t lewd), go out with an ugly woman and you won’t have to worry about it. We are so quick to want to sue, or get someone fired. Live with it and let it pass…and I am not especially a Brent Musberger fan. By the way, my daughter is beautiful, and a model, and gets alot of compliments. As long as they aren’t lewd, or said in sexual tones, I am fine with it. She is an adult and can handle it just fine!

  7. jd

    January 9, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    She competes in BEAUTY pageants!!!!! BEAUTY!!!! So, you can’t say she’s beautiful? This is stupid. Whoever thinks this is insulting is a flat out idiot. I’m so tired of this crap. Get a grip, losers.

  8. Harley Wagner

    January 9, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    Whoever this Brad dude is, is a poster child for much of what is wrong with our modern culture. Touchy feely, overly sensitive, glass half empty whiny things that just like to find fault, complain and criticize.

    Absolutely absurd.

    The woman herself said it was taken as a compliment and that an apology wholly unnecessary.

    Since it was directed at HER, who the hell is this goof or anyone else entitled to be offended or even comment?

    Jesus tomorrow already….

  9. Jeff G

    January 9, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    I can see how some would be concerned that he overdid it, even stepping on his tongue a bit, while objectifying women, but come on, let’s deal with all the sitcoms and other shows which make women into objects much more blatantly. Sheesh!

  10. MoBettaSports

    January 9, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    I think the amount of attention that this has gotten is absurd. Musburger has nothing to apologize for. He simply said that she was lovely and beautiful. Guess what? …she is! Anyone who is complaining about this is simply looking for something to complain about. I think the best thing to do with people like this is to ignore them.

  11. gordon

    January 9, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    A response like this makes her that much more beautiful!

  12. Ben Bramblett

    January 9, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    Ms Webb’s response to all this hoopla, proves what wonderful young woman she is. She is definitely refreshing in this day and age, beautiful inside and out. God Bless Her.

    • John Hawthorne

      January 18, 2013 at 4:46 am

      What makes you think you can make comments like that about a woman – you creep.

  13. Jonathan Poore

    January 19, 2013 at 11:46 am

    “Lovely, beautiful, good looking”….What the crap? That’s supposed to be offensive? What a joke.

  14. capnmoe

    January 24, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    OK let’s see a show of hands. How many think she’s not “Lovely or Beautiful”?


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