Belafonte: I didn't fall asleep on-air

Oct. 18, 2011 at 12:49 PM ET

Whenever you go live on TV, anything can happen, as the news anchors on a Bakersfield, Calif., station discovered this week when singer Harry Belafonte appeared to discuss his new book, "My Song: A Memoir." 

While it appears that Belafonte fell asleep, the legendary singer, 84, says that's not the case. His representative told TMZ.com that a technical glitch meant Belafonte's earpiece stopped working temporarily, "so he decided to take the time to meditate before the rest of his Day-O." 

The rep went on to say, "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."