The real story behind the viral Erin Andrews-Jimmy Garoppolo moment

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Erin Andrews didn’t think twice about Jimmy Garoppolo uttering “baby” during a 2019 post-game interview. 

Appearing Tuesday on the “Endless Hustle” podcast, the Fox Sports broadcaster, 42, recalled the now-viral moment – in which the 49ers quarterback said, “Feels great, baby,” after improving to 8-0 on the season.

“Not sure if anyone knows this, but my husband was on the field when it happened,” Andrews said of former NHL player Jarret Stoll.

“He was behind our camera guy on Fox, holding my phone taking a picture. Jimmy G. knew my husband was right there,” she continued.

Garoppolo, who helped lead the 49ers to a Super Bowl berth last season, dropped the comments on-air, prompting a laugh from Andrews. The WEAR designer made it clear the 29-year-old quarterback wasn’t flirting.

“Again, I’ll take it, but he wasn’t throwing any game my way. 42 years old, sure. I’ll take any of it,” Andrews said.

“No, it’s just an impression of like, ‘baby’ or ‘babe.’ You watch all those mic’d ups with Brady. He says babe all the time. One of my favorite things when (Julian) Edelman or Gronk (Rob Gronkowski) does the TB, ‘Hey, babe.’ And I think that’s a lot of where Jimmy G. got it from. I don’t know,” she continued.

Selected 62nd overall by the Patriots in 2014, Garoppolo was traded to the 49ers during the 2017 season. He later signed a five-year, $137.5 million contract extension.

Garoppolo, also the recent subject of trade rumors, explained in November 2019 he says “baby” around “500 times a game to my teammates and stuff. It wasn’t like that.”

Andrews said Tuesday how she reached out to 49ers GM John Lynch to address the unexpected controversy.

“I just said, ’cause I kind of saw some of the arguments with it and I was like, ‘Come on!’ I just texted him and I said, ‘I hope you know I’m good. That’s not what he meant. I get it.’ And he goes, ‘I know you’re good.’ Cause I just don’t take things like that that serious. Again, Jarret was standing right there on the field. My husband’s so pumped,” Andrews said.

Andrews and Stoll, 38, have been married since 2017. Garoppolo was famously linked to adult film star Kiara Mia.

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