Harry Belafonte Falls Asleep on Live TV?
Morning news shows can be a real bore.
So much so in fact, that Harry Belafonte couldn't keep his eyes open for a live TV interview!
During an early-morning interview on Friday with KBAK in Bakersfield, Calif., the 84-year-old singer appeared to sleep through his interview. "Hey, good morning, Harry!" newscaster Layla Santiago said to the snoozing singer. "Wake up! Wake up! This is your wakeup call!"
But Belafonte didn't respond. "OK, he's meditating," Santiago said,. "He's taking a little nap… He is okay!"
The news anchors tried to contain their laughter. "It's a little early," Santiago rationalized.
But Belafonte's spokesperson Ken Sunshine said in a statement that a "technical glitch in the [satellite] feed" caused Friday's snafu. "His earpiece wasn't working. so he took a moment to meditate before the rest of his day. Mr. Belafonte is 84 years young, but sharper and more awake than most who have been interviewing him. Maybe the world would be a better place if more people took a moment to meditate."
Belafonte appeared on the program live via satellite from NYC to discuss his new memoir My Song.
Watch Belafonte's snoozefest of an interview in the clip above.