Part of the allure of Charles Barkley on television is that you never quite know what he might say.
Barkley, who rose to stardom on TNT’s “Inside the NBA,” has been criticized for his performance on CBS and Turner’s coverage of college hoops. He also has noticeably toned down his act during March Madness.
But on Sunday night, Barkley infused some levity into CBS’ normally buttoned-up operation while host Ernie Johnson was doing a promo for “Hardcore Pawn” on TruTv.
Barkley said: “I know what I’m gonna watch tonight. … Oh, sorry, wrong spelling. … I saw four letters and got excited.”
Yes, Barkley’s joke suggested that the aforementioned reality television series sounds a lot like hardcore porn. How did Johnson, Greg Anthony, Kenny Smith and guest Steve Lavin react?
Johnson said it best: “… Thanks for bearing with us.”