In a true “Did he just say that?” moment, ’30 Rock’ star Tracy Morgan set the Twitterverse on fire Thursday night with lewd on-air comments about Sarah Palin, and broadcaster TNT is not happy about it.
According to USA Today, TNT issued an apology within minutes of being contacted by incredulous reporters.
In a statement, Turner spokesman Jeff Pomeroy said, “It’s unfortunate Mr. Morgan showed a lack of judgment on our air with his inappropriate comments. We apologize for any embarrassment or offense it may have caused.”
The comments came during Morgan’s appearance on ‘Inside the NBA,’ before the New York Knicks vs. Miami Heat game at Madison Square Garden. Kenny Smith asked Morgan to settle an argument he said he and co-host Charles Barkley “have all the time. … Tina Fey or Sarah Palin?”
What Smith thought Morgan was going to say after that is anyone’s guess, but as Morgan was mulling it over, Barkley quipped, “Sarah Palin, she’s a good-looking woman, isn’t she?” (Hey, who knew Barkley had a thing for the former Alaska governor?)
And that’s when Morgan dropped the M-bomb: “Let me tell you about Sarah Palin. She’s good masturbation material.”
As he talked about fantasizing about Palin, Smith and Barkley laughed nervously and an uncomfortable-looking Ernie Johnson tried to change the subject. There’s been no word from Palin yet, but it seems likely that Morgan won’t be asked to appear on another live broadcast any time soon.