Chris Webber Schools Doug Gottlieb On How To Do His Job During Awkward Interview
Doug Gottlieb has a history of being tone deaf and Chris Webber can (at times) be prickly, so it's not surprising the two had a painfully awkward on-air discussion about interview protocol. Assuming because they both work for CBS covering the NCAA Tournament, Doug Gottlieb probably thought, "Hey, ya know what, Chris is my pal, let me shoehorn this question in about his notoriously rocky relationship with his former Fab Five teammate Jalen Rose."
Turns out, Webber did not want to talk about his notoriously rocky relationship with his former Fab Five teammate Jalen Rose. He also didn't seem to appreciate Gottlieb's apparent bait and switch, bringing C-Webb on his show under the auspice of talking about something other than Jalen Rose drama.
You think Webber would be willing to talk about his rocky relationship with Doug Gottlieb?
DG: Where are you with Jalen?
CW: What did you just ask me?
DG: I said where are you with Jalen, in terms of your relationship?
CW: Wherever it was.
DG: (stammering while trying to reiterate the question)
CW: I mean, Doug, we ain’t talking about that. You ain’t getting that interview. I’m talking about Wake Forest. I don’t talk about him. I talked about him one time on The Dan Patrick show. That was it.
DG: (tries to explain why he’s asking the question)
CW: Come on Doug. I just told you respectfully on your show I’m not going to talk about it. I’m talking about being a professor at Wake Forest teaching a class on culture in sports. Now do want want to beat me up because I did not answer you on your show?
DG: No, Chris, I want to make sure to give you context for why I asked...
CW: I don’t want to answer the question. So what would you ask me after that? Because I’m going to put this in for my class, as far as how did you handle the media. I’m going to show them right now. I do not want to answer that question. I respectfully ask you not to ask me that again so you can blow your numbers up for your show. I don’t want to talk about that, Doug.
DG: And what I was trying to tell you was...
CW: I understand, but you’re trying to still talk about this subject.
DG: No no no, I’m not. I’m actually not, Chris. I’m actually not. I didn’t know coming in, I didn’t ask to have you on the show with that as the sole purpose, to try and get that out of you, but I wouldn’t be doing my...
CW: Okay, so as soon as I said no, we can leave that alone.
DG: But I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t ask you, and give you the ability, if you had the desire to do so, to speak on it.
CW: Thank you for the ability, and I again say I don’t want to talk about it.
DG: And I’m alright with that. And I’m alright with that. I just want you to know is part of doing this job is you have to ask.
CW: I don’t know what it’s like to do your job Doug, so thank you for explaining that to me.
DG: Hey listen, thanks for joining us, I didn’t want to turn it into any sort of back and forth, I just tried to ask a question that you didn’t’ want to answer. But I do respect what you’re doing and I thank you for coming on.
CW: I hope the students sign up because the class is going to be way more fun than this interview. It’s going to be crazy. Thank you.
Eh, we'd respectfully disagree with that last statement (this interview was fun for everyone else). At least Gottlieb was willing to admit that he was wrong to sneak such an inappropriately loaded question into an otherwise softball interview with a co-worker.
Had he gone in on Jalen, it would be great radio. He isn't wrong there. https://t.co/qnIrouhzf5
— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) October 22, 2015
The interview, below...
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