Friday, January 28th, 2011 at 9:00 am  |  23 responses

TNT’s Apology for Tracy Morgan’s Sarah Palin Joke

The folks at Turner learned last night that giving Tracy Morgan a mic on live television isn’t a very good idea. It’s undoubtedly hilarious, but not very bright. So, they apologized. From USA Today: “TNT wasted no time apologizing for Tracy Morgan’s suggestive comments about Sarah Palin on Thursday night. Morgan, star of NBC’s 30 Rock sitcom, said during TNT’s nationally televised Inside the NBA that he fantasized about the former U.S. vice presidential candidate and Alaska Governor. TNT’s Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith laughed nervously while Ernie Johnson quickly tried to change the subject. ‘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,’ said Turner spokesman Jeff Pomeroy in a statement.”

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  • thegfunk

    Ofcom in the uk get a few thousand complaints about some things that bother pc and religious fanatics but I doubt the producers would have to apologise. I dont know what tv is generally like in the us

  • http://www.slamonline.com peter

    this was the most entertaining thing i’ve seen on live tv in a while…he repeated it like 3 times too!

  • Jer-Dawg

    Comedians have little boundaries in their act. I’m not surprised. If Chelsea Handler got the mic on TNT she would say some odd things.

  • LeBron de Con

    The clowns want Palin to go away but they can’t stop bringing her up. So, who is the real fool? (and don’t talk about me losing to the Knicks last night, dig)

  • jimmythesaint67

    .. the NBA is fantaaaaaastic! TM had definitely had a couple – wicked choice by Kenny to ask THAT question on Live TV .. “those glasses..” had me nodding sagely .. but she’d have to be muted

  • edmalhas

    everybody knows what Tracy Morgan brings to the table, so why put him on live TV?! I thought it was hilarious. The apology is just another “pussification” of the US. People can’t speak their minds anymore.

  • greg

    thats like pulling the pin on a grenade and saying you thought it might not blow up. if they are constantly getting in trouble for what chuck says what do you think is going to happen when you put a comedian who is known for going against secular appropriateness?

  • http://slamonline.com AlbertBarr

    I thought it was f’ckin hysterical.

  • tRay

    He’s right though lol

  • MikeC.

    I never thought of Sarah Palin as masturbation material. I’m going to reassess things now.

  • http://slamonline.com Yknot

    No more offensive than Sager or Fraziers outfits.


    f*ckin americans. what ever happened to freedom of speech.

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/features/overdribbling chiqo

    oh god that’s hilarious

  • http://www.twitter.com/chris_griff_3 Chris_Griff_3

    Um… They asked a question and he answered it honestly. Why are we so obsessed with P.C.ness?

  • http://slamonline.com AlbertBarr

    @MUBWAR: He was still able to say it. The fact that we are here typing about it means there still IS free speech. Doesn’t mean that you can say anything and no one will be offended. I thought it was funny. TNT did not. FOr good reason, I doubt a large % of their viewers thought it was appropriate. They are business (although in the back rooms they are stoked because of the free press and attention it brings)and so must protect their brand.

  • Ali

    Funny shi*, I don’t care what anyone says.

  • Noel

    Tracy Morgan makes Charles Barkley look like Bryan Gumbel

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Mikec wins. ….. Ima have to find this on utube

  • http://nobulljive.com/ Enigmatic

    Im sure Tracy just didn’t wanna upset his co-star, but he knows he’d hit it. He’d take her back behind a middle school and get her pregnant.


    Tracy morgans an idiot. What’s so funny bout this clown anyway? His movies and stand-ups suck

  • http://www.sonicbids.com doyouwantmore

    What if Glenn Beck had said that about Michelle Obama? I assume you would all be defending him the exact same way.

  • http://slamonline.com zoom

    Co-sign AlbertBarr with the freedom of speech comment. I’ve pretty much explain the same thing here once. Most people have no real understanding of freedom of speech or any other rights for that matter but I digress…I just think Tracy Morgan is possible the least funny, recognizable comic in a while. I didn’t hear the Sarah Palin joke, but I haven’t laughed at Tracy Morgan since he was Hustle Man on Martin. He’s just not funny.

  • http://none ishmael shatzmuta

    these comodeians!!!! who keep bringing up Sarah Palin, are really scared of her, just like Obama and his gang of hoodlums, but you see she can dish it out just as well as taking it. As for Glenn Beck saying the same about Michele Obama, well, I don’t think he would touch her with a l0ft pool, she is nasty, really nasty, and Barrack and her both deserve each other