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Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 01/28/2011

TNT sorry for Tracy Morgan's Sarah Palin gag

By Lisa de Moraes

TNT, the Time Warner-owned cable entertainment network, which markets itself as a drama destination, issued a statement late Thursday saying it was shocked -- shocked -- to have discovered that Tracy Morgan is, in fact, Tracy Morgan and is going to behave like Tracy Morgan when he appears on one of their live talk shows.

Last night, before the start of its Miami Heat vs. New York Knicks game telecast, TNT thought it would be a great idea to have "30 Rock" co-star/"SNL" alum/loose cannon comic Tracy Morgan appear on its pre-game show, hosted by Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley. In the course of his appearance, some of the "Inside the NBA" hosts asked Morgan to settle "their" argument: Tina Fey or Sarah Palin? -- Fey, "30 Rock's" creator, having famously parodied the former Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential candidate on "Saturday Night Live."

Morgan pronounced Palin the winner, because, he said, she was a "good" autoeroticism subject.

In its statement, which the network fired off when complaints began to pour in, TNT 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."

Morgan has no comment about TNT's sort-of apology for his on-air comments, a rep for the actor told the TV Column.

And now we'd like to introduce TNT to something called "the seven-second delay."

Here is the unfiltered exchange (Warning: adult language):

(Video via Mediaite.)

By Lisa de Moraes  | January 28, 2011; 10:18 AM ET
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Comments

I'd like to hear Glenn Beck make the same comment about Michelle Obama, just to hear the liberals squeal like pigs. Of course, hate is only funny when it's directed toward conservatives. Would Lisa de Moraes post a video of that comment by Beck? No, of course not.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | January 28, 2011 11:36 AM | Report abuse

first of all, feminism is dead and palin merely exposed its carcass. Second of all, what appalls me is that tracy morgan is getting sht for this!! he answered the freaking question!! I mean, if anything, the answer was a bit redundant since the "autoeroticism" bit was implied in the question. And third of all, i agree.

Posted by: batigol85 | January 28, 2011 11:40 AM | Report abuse

I am amazed that the potty mouth special interest people can get away with anything that denigrates an Occidental women .. however if this were to happen in reverse .. heads would roll to the music of "Can't we get along."

Posted by: buckaroo5 | January 28, 2011 11:40 AM | Report abuse

No wonder Tracy "Master-bator" Morgan likes to be in 30 Rock. So that he can keep himself very busy everyday master-bating in front of Tina Fey....This pathetic loser is so very cheap, so very tiny, so very impotent and so very lousy...

Tracy Morgan - The Master-Bator of the Universe.....ha,ha,ha,ha,ha...

Posted by: skponggol | January 28, 2011 11:50 AM | Report abuse

I can't believe this even got on the air. Is there no quality control at TNT

Posted by: mikesales | January 28, 2011 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Tracy Morgan is a comedian. He was there to deliver funny lines/answers to whatver they asked him. He was asked about Sarah Palin's looks. What exactly did you want him to say? "Why yes she's a very attractive young lady." [Let's pause while everyone composes themselves from laughing hysterically]


Posted by: bowie2000 | January 28, 2011 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Tracy Morgan - The Master-Bator of the Universe.

Tina Fey - The Tracy Morgan Master-Bating Machine.......ha,ha,ha,ha,ha....

Posted by: skponggol | January 28, 2011 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Can Tina Fey please tell everyone how does Tracy master-bate? Is he using his left hand, right hand, or left leg or right leg ? Is he using any tools or equipments when he is shooting his hand-gun?

Btw what does Tina Fey wear to arouse our dear Tracy..

I thought Tina Fey is merely a comedian...Never expect her to be such a potent porn actress....

Tina Fey - Best Master-Bating Porn Actress 2011.....ha,ha,ha,ha,ha....

Posted by: skponggol | January 28, 2011 12:06 PM | Report abuse

He's a comedian. He made a joke. I guess I understand why TNT felt a need to apologize - it wasn't really the venue for it - but how does this equate to some sort of liberal media bias?

And lets be real, wasn't Tracy telling the truth? She wouldn't get a third of the attention she gets now if people didn't think she was attractive.

Posted by: Tempy_McJobhunt | January 28, 2011 12:25 PM | Report abuse

If Palin or her followers don't want comediamns to make Palin jokes then she needs to leave politics and stop making idiotic, ignorant and deprecating comments herself. If she can't take the heat, then she needs to get out of the kitchen. Grow a pair, Palin!

Posted by: mikesba | January 28, 2011 12:36 PM | Report abuse

I think the Teabaggers were mad because EVERY single one of those African American men, including the NBA'ers about to play a game, are multi-millionaires . . . and the Teabaggers can't stand that!!

Posted by: TheChampisheretoo | January 28, 2011 12:46 PM | Report abuse

C'mon, Tracy Morgan isn't HALF the comedian Glen Beck is.

Posted by: kmdobrz | January 28, 2011 12:54 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to hear Glenn Beck make the same comment about Michelle Obama, just to hear the liberals squeal like pigs. Of course, hate is only funny when it's directed toward conservatives. Would Lisa de Moraes post a video of that comment by Beck? No, of course not.

Posted by: WashingtonDame |


So you are saying that Beck calling the president of the united states a racist was not enough? Please find another example to support your anti liberal rant.

Posted by: ged0386 | January 28, 2011 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Fuuuuuuk sara palin and the sorry idiots that support her. Like you WashingtonDame.

Posted by: ged0386 | January 28, 2011 1:02 PM | Report abuse

WashingtonDame, We aren't interested in sarah praline anymore. We are interested in her apologists and grovelling minions and what they actually must be thinking. You are so far the most recent example of someone without a scintilla of critical thinking skills, and we would like you to speak the way you do here, but in a public arena, one where you cannot hide behind anonymity. Your prissy princess palin will not come out from behind her tweets and facebook to confront anyone who might disagree with her, and you think that's OK. Well, why don't you man up and bring it public? Are you a big loser? Can't take the heat? You want to dish it out, you better be able to take it, sweetie.

Posted by: fmamstyle | January 28, 2011 1:27 PM | Report abuse

skponggol, what the hell? Are you 12? Did you just learn a grown up person word recently?

Posted by: fmamstyle | January 28, 2011 1:30 PM | Report abuse

It was the sex-themed question that was provocative and inappropriate. Morgan just answered the question in a manner that would get a laugh, as he would answer most questions on the air (or off the air, from what I've heard).

Posted by: pundito | January 28, 2011 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Good for him. It's always fun to stir up the fringe crack pots on the right wing that represents the Palin lovers.

Posted by: vztownes | January 28, 2011 1:56 PM | Report abuse

When Tracy Morgan says it, it's funny. When Glenn Beck says it, it's hateful.

That's because Tracy Morgan is a comedian. He's trying to make us laugh.

Glenn Beck is a politician. He's trying to make us hate.

Posted by: peter1313 | January 28, 2011 1:57 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to hear Glenn Beck make the same comment about Michelle Obama, just to hear the liberals squeal like pigs. Of course, hate is only funny when it's directed toward conservatives. Would Lisa de Moraes post a video of that comment by Beck? No, of course not.

Posted by: WashingtonDame |


So you are saying that Beck calling the president of the united states a racist was not enough? Please find another example to support your anti liberal rant.

Posted by: ged0386 | January 28, 2011 1:01 PM | Report abuse
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What in God's name are you all talking about? Tracy Morgan isn't a political commentator in the least. This wasn't a political comment. The only political person involved was Barkley, who's been a proud Republican for at least 25 years. Man, you partisans really love to feel like you're being persecuted.

Posted by: justin_timberwolf | January 28, 2011 2:04 PM | Report abuse

ged says it all

Posted by: batigol85 | January 28, 2011 2:17 PM | Report abuse

So?

Rich Lowry cracked the same joke on nationalreview.com after the vice-presidential debate.

Posted by: mattintx | January 28, 2011 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Did TNT have no idea that Tracy Morgan is nuts? He's a comedian, he gave a joke answer to a joke question. I agree with Lisa, hasn't TNT heard of the 7 second delay?

And what Tracy said about SP isn't nearly as bad as the vitriol she spreads on a regular basis. She said that her detractors were limp, impotent, and lacked balls. I didn't hear anyone calling for an apology from her.

Posted by: onlytheshadowknows1 | January 28, 2011 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Morgan obviously has an IQ that is around room temperature. Degrading language like that towards a female is primitive, hateful, and indicative of someone with no class whatsoever. There are many comedians in this country who can express themselves in a humorous and mature manner when it is appropriate. The apology from TNT was half hearted and not in proportion to the abusive statement made. A lot of people should be fired. Boycott TNT and anything associated with Mr. Morgan.

Posted by: Snodgrass00 | January 28, 2011 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Oh, how these religious republicans cringe when someone states the obvious. Where is their moral indignation when their "leaders" commit treasonous acts or start wars of choice for simple revenge? One need look no further than Beck or Limbaugh to witness the reality of those who profess perfection and intelligence while openly being involved in illegal activities. If you can't live it, don't preach it, and do not profess that you have "changed" when your actions prove otherwise!

Posted by: anOPINIONATEDsob | January 29, 2011 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Ha ha! That was freaking HILARIOUS! Some of you losers need to quit with the whole "Right wing" and "Liberal" crap. Tracy Morgan is a COMEDIAN. That means he makes jokes- and lots of them. If you don't like that joke, then don't like it and move on. Some of you morons are taking it as a direct assault on the Tea Party (which was hijacked by Palin). Anyway, I'm looking forward to the next 8 minute "speech" from Palin that slams Tracy Morgan and "Liberals" for their "blood libel" . . . lighten up, people.

Posted by: edwardnorton54 | January 29, 2011 9:30 AM | Report abuse

"I'd like to hear Glenn Beck make the same comment about Michelle Obama, just to hear the liberals squeal like pigs. Of course, hate is only funny when it's directed toward conservatives. Would Lisa de Moraes post a video of that comment by Beck? No, of course not."


So, Glenn Beck is also a comedian....?

Posted by: cordobes17 | January 29, 2011 1:56 PM | Report abuse

And they cut to a Marv Albert promo.

Posted by: WorstSeat | January 29, 2011 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Morgan displays the garbage mouth, dumpster mentality, and landfill nature we expect from Palin-bashers.

Posted by: bubbasouth | January 30, 2011 4:56 AM | Report abuse

very funny stuff -- don't blame the comedian. why do charles barkely and kenny smith have an ongoing "debate" about palin v. fay in the first place? it apparently is all about looks according to old fat chuckie. (btw, dude is a republican.) i actually tried to masturbate to palin winking at me, but it didn't work out. she's too snarky and i don't dig knee high leather boots.

Posted by: joeblow111 | January 30, 2011 3:41 PM | Report abuse

old fat chuckie's and kenny's "joint" fixation on tina fey vs. sarah palin suggests that sarah may have a bright future in inter-racial porn.

Posted by: joeblow111 | January 30, 2011 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Look, Sarah Palin IS a punchline, and that's all. Nobody really takes her seriously, so since she keeps opening her trap and saying stupid things, she is fair game. And if she doesn't know that, she's more of an idiot than even I think. Now, if TNT doesn't want unexpected things said on their air, they shouldn't put Tracy Morgan on. What's next, an interview with Kanye?

Posted by: vadem | February 1, 2011 9:53 AM | Report abuse

. . . . hmmm, Michelle Obama-First Lady of The United States of America; Sarah Palin-Former "I quit" govenor of Alaska & "reality TV personality" who can see Russia from her backyard . . . Michelle Obama-First Lady of The United States of America; Sarah Palin-Former "I quit" govenor of Alaska & "reality TV personality" who can see Russia from her backyard . . . Michelle Obama-First Lady of The United States of America; Sarah Palin-Former "I quit" govenor of Alaska & "reality TV personality" who can see Russia from her backyard . . . and the two are compared because . . . ?

Posted by: AnMari | February 1, 2011 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Just the latest example of people with the mentality of not-so-bright 14 year olds who believe that anything that has to do with sex--especially, certain forms of sex--is naturally hilarious. They spend their careers recycling Playboy party jokes from the 1960s and sell it as the cutting edge of humor. A large number of such people, unfortunately, have access to TV shows.

The real culprits here, as always, are not the monkeys (the comedians/announcers) who speak the words but the organ grinders (the executives) who turn the monkeys lose and then do their "recoil in horror" act when the monkeys do exactly what the organ grinders knew they would do. All these people swim comfortably in the sewer that has become American popular culture. The only horrifying thing here are the Americans who support and tolerate these people by watching them.

Posted by: tbarksdl | February 2, 2011 7:48 AM | Report abuse

How can you idiot right wing Palin Lover's compare Tracy Morgan to Glenn Beck, Rush or even Keith Oberman? Those guys do political entertainment and Tracy is a SNL Style comedian. So, stop whining.

Everybody knows Sarah is cute...why do you think old angry White men are in love with her? kekekekeke....it's called frustrated!!
Dirty Old Bastards.

Obama 2012 kekekeke

Posted by: kentonsmith | February 2, 2011 3:31 PM | Report abuse

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