Twitter Reacts to Katherine Webb, Ndamukong Suh and More 'Splash' Athletes

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IMarch 20, 2013

ABC's new TV series Splash debuted on Tuesday night, pitting top celebrities and athletes against each other in a diving competition.

With four-time Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis as their coach, the contestants will be required to perform acrobatic somersaults and backflips down the stretch, with the level of difficulty increasing each week. 

The 10 contestants include: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Detroit Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh, Miss Alabama 2012 Katherine Webb (also the girlfriend of Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron), TV host and comedian Louie Anderson, Chuy Bravo of Chelsea Lately, former Baywatch actress Nicole Eggert, Kendra Wilkinson (former girlfriend to Hugh Hefner), Olympic skier Rory Bushfield, former Cosby Show actress Keshia Knight Pulliam and actor/singer-songwriter Drake Bell.

Here's a look at Twitter reaction to the show's debut.

 

Kendra Wilkinson made sure everyone knew she didn't change who she was on the show:

World of Isaac did not approve of the show's intro:

Former basketball player Jay Williams was having a ball:

Golden State Warriors forward Carl Landry was digging it, too:

Mike Golic of ESPN prayed for Louie Anderson:

KSTP-TV sports director Joe Schmit was highly amused:

Louie Anderson wanted to know what people thought of his tremendous dive. You did well, Louie, you did well:

Canadian Wall Street Journal reporter David George-Cosh went as far as to call the show "poetic" on Tuesday:

Katherine Webb soared into the national spotlight when TV commentator Brent Musburger fawned over her during the BCS National Championship Game broadcast. She made sure to thank him before taking a dive, as Kelly Whiteside of USA Today noted:

Former No. 1 women's tennis player and broadcaster Chris Evert applauded Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's drive:

Author Jennifer Weiner may have had the tweet of the night:

Chris Bukowski of The Bachelorette and Bachelor Pad took a shot at Splash:

 

In the end, Katherine Webb won a "dive-off" with Keshia Knight Pulliam to survive the first episode.

One thing's for sure: Judging by the amount of reaction Splash got on Tuesday—whether it was positive or negative—ABC's new show isn't going away anytime soon.

 

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