Belafonte was waiting to do an early-morning satellite feed interview Friday with KBAK-TV, Bakersfield, Calif., when he appeared to doze off. Anchor Layla Santiago tried to rouse him with "good morning" and even a little singing, The Hollywood Reporter said Tuesday.
Celebrity publicist Ken Sunshine said his client was just taking a moment to rest, the industry magazine reported.
"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 mediate before the rest of his Day-O," Sunshine said in a statement. '"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."