Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Katherine Webb exits the publicity circuit; is A.J. McCarron upset over her growing fame?

Katherine Webb, also known as Miss Alabama and the girlfriend of Crimson Tide QB A.J. McCarron, has taken herself off the publicity circuit in the wake of all the public adoration after she was given a measure of ogling by ESPN during the BCS Championship game.

Webb appeared on "Today" on Wednesday, but cancelled eight other appearances scheduled for the same day. Initial reports were that McCarron was upset with her skyrocketing fame, but Webb herself said:
My decision to cancel the interviews was not made at A.J.'s request.
Instead, she said, she was concerned all the ruckus over her might ruin her relationship with McCarron.

She wanted to make sure that everyone will view her relationship with McCarron as real and legitimate, not as a "celebrity status" thing. She said:
I want it to be about me and him. He's a guy I can see myself having a real future with.
Initially, sources close to Webb said that McCarron had told her that he was not happy that the media was ignoring his and the Crimson Tide's accomplishments and focusing on her beauty instead.

Webb had decided to take herself off the grid completely, but Donald Trump, who owns the Miss USA competition, heard of that and talked her into appearing on the "Today" show. However, she refused to do any further appearances.

Sources close to McCarron said that he isn't jealous of Katherine, but wants to keep the spotlight on the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Webb's rapid rise in fame began when ESPN and Brent Musberger tried to create some excitement during the otherwise boring BCS Championship game by focusing cameras on Webb and commenting how beautiful she was (which she is). Some felt Musberger, 73, went a little overboard on Webb, and ESPN later issued an apology for his comments.

Webb, though, appearing on "Today," as indicated earlier, defended him.
I think the media has been really unfair to [Musburger]. If he would’ve said something along the line that we were hot or sexy or made any derogatory statements like that, I think that would’ve been a little bit different, but the fact that he said that we were beautiful and gorgeous, I don’t see why any woman wouldn’t be flattered by that.

[...] I don’t think it [the apology] was needed, honestly. Of course, I appreciate it, but at the same time, I don’t think that I needed an apology.’
You can watch her lone appearance of the day in the embedded video.

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