Harry Belafonte spokesman: Entertainer wasn't sleeping

Harry Belafonte spokesman: Entertainer wasn't sleeping

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Was legendary actor and singer Harry Belafonte asleep during a live satellite interview Friday morning with Eyewitness News?

His publicist says no.

The would-be interview clip has gone viral, appearing on websites and blogs ranging from TMZ to USA Today and CNN. The ladies of "The View" even made it a topic of discussion on Tuesday's show.

Belafonte's spokesman Ken Sunshine issued this statement Tuesday:

"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, CA. His earpiece wasn't working, so he decided to take the time to meditate 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."

Eyewitness News is efforting another interview, a real interview, with Belafonte.