Katherine Webb, the Alabama beauty queen who set hearts aflutter during Monday night’s college football game when ABC cameras lingered on her after she was recognized for being Alabama’s quarterback A.J. McCarron’s girlfriend, told The Today Show this morning that she is “flattered” and “humbled” by her moment in the spotlight. Commentators Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit stopped for a moment during the Tide’s championship game against Notre Dame to compliment McCarron on his “beautiful” girlfriend, and the 73-year-old Musburger recommended on air that young men in Alabama pick up football in order to land women like Webb. ESPN issued an apology yesterday.
But Webb, who is Miss Alabama USA, told Matt Lauer that she wasn’t offended by the remarks and didn’t feel an apology from ESPN was necessary.
“I think the media has been really unfair to [Musburger],” Webb said. “I think that if he would have said … that 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 beautiful and gorgeous, I don’t see why any woman wouldn’t be flattered by that.”
Lauer mentioned the explosion of Webb’s Twitter account, which went from 2,300 followers to more than 200,000 in 24 hours.
“I’m honestly really shocked that it really took off like that,” Webb responded. “I think that we need to draw back our attention to who the real winners are, and that’s the Alabama football team.”
Spoken like a true pageant queen.
Watch the Today Show video, and the original ESPN comments, below.