As USA Today notes, the apology came "within minutes of phone calls and e-mails" looking for comment.
Morgan, the star of the NBC's 30 Rock and New York Knicks season ticket holder, ambled over to the set of TNT's pregame show for the Knicks-Heat game. When he was asked by analyst Charles Barkley about the attractiveness of Palin, Morgan responded that she was "Good masturbation material."
Host Ernie Johnson, immediately realizing that something terrible just happened, thanked Morgan and tried to cut off the interview, as Barkley and fellow analyst Kenny Smith laughed nervously (although Smith seemed to be enjoying himself a bit more than Barkley, surprisingly).
The blame for TNT's current predicament falls squarely on Barkley's shoulders. He's the one who asked the question that led to Morgan's comments. Any time you ask Tracy Morgan to "settle an argument" about the aesthetic appeal of Sarah Palin (on live TV, no less), it won't end in any other way than a complete trainwreck.