Harry Belafonte meditating, not sleeping, during morning interview, says rep

Between penning his memoir My Song, serving as the subject for the documentary Sing Your Song, and speaking out for Occupy Wall Street, sometimes a man just needs to sleep. Harry Belafonte was scheduled to appear via satellite on a Bakersfield, Calif., morning news program Friday, but the 84-year-old “King of Calypso” dozed off before the interview even began. Seeing that Belafonte was out for the count, the anchor explained that he was “taking a little nap.” Update: Belafonte’s rep Ken Sunshine has issued a statement that the singer was meditating and couldn’t hear the anchor’s prompt due to a “technical glitch” with his earpiece. See the full statement after the jump.

Said Sunshine, “After weeks of literally hundreds of interviews promoting his HBO documentary, memoir and CD, Mr. Belafonte had an early morning satellite TV tour this past Friday. True to form, there was a technical glitch in the feed to a local station in Bakersfield, Calif. His earpiece wasn’t working, so he decided to take the time to mediate before the rest of his Day-O. 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.”

What do you think, PopWatchers? Can you blame Belafonte? Morning news patter can be dreadfully boring. Despite their attempts to compliment Belafonte, did the anchors’ hysterics come off as disrespectful? Or did they make the best of an awkward situation?

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  • Sockmonkey nurse

    Dude is 84!! He’s entitled to sleep whenever he wants!

    • lisa g.

      Lmaooo! Hilarious!!!!

  • Squishmar

    Well, you know… Daylight come and he want to go home….to bed.

  • James

    Wow, what an ignorant, rude society we live in. Disrespectful, unprofessional news anchors…another reason why I avoid the local news. The man is on a press junket at 84 years old, of course he is exhausted. Have a little respect.

    • tom

      yea give him a break— — just like the presss gave g bush a break,, just like the break the lib press an dems gave harry b when he made that stupid comment about the tea party an racism last week—- no one should pay attention to any thing this old fart says– and yes the anchorette sounds like at least a pak a day

  • tgb

    Have another cigarette.

  • Sue1

    Of course it’s disrespectful. So is showing the clip here, but isn’t that what the media is all about now?

  • Tina

    They could have handled it way better by never cutting to the shot of him sleeping and just passing it off as “technical difficulties.” It was bad enough they showed him, but to repeatedly make fun of him all morning was mean and disrespectful

  • Henry

    Where were his handlers? The anchors had to do something to fill the time. I think they were troopers for handling it so well.

  • Stephanie

    so what

  • Stephanie

    so what he’s about 80 years old and he may need to rest !!!!

  • Elphin

    His face was too composed (very serene) and his posture too erect to be asleep. I’ve people sleeping in a chair – they slump. Not Mr. Belafonte.

  • luke

    oh my god her voice is so shrill i could barely watch the clip

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