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Harry Belafonte

I Wasn't Asleep

I Was Meditating!!

10/18/2011 9:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Harry Belafonte says he was NOT catching up on some zzzzzzzs in the middle of a live news broadcast Friday ... insisting he was merely "meditating" with his eyes closed.

Belafonte's rep, Ken Sunshine, released a statement to TMZ ... explaining, "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.”

Sunshine adds, "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.”

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Carl    

So he's blaming it on the interviewer? Right...

1010 days ago
2.

Hey Now    

That's just funny! Why is he defensive? I'm half his age and exhausted most of the time. If I sit in one spot too long I fall asleep too.

1010 days ago
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JiLL1    

Yea right - meditate. Liar, Liar

1010 days ago
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TMZ - ThatThingYourMamaWarnedYouAbout    

He should have blamed the Propofol. Sham'on!

1010 days ago
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Cecilia     

The rep sounds awful defensive and snappy. It's not like this is the Mel Gibson tapes or getting caught in an affair.
There is no scandal here. Just say there was a simple delay & that he took a short cap nap - and be done with the issue

1010 days ago
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jmk    

He's 84 years old - meditate/sleep? Who cares - he's earned a break.

1010 days ago
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KenzieQ    

LEAVEeeee HARRY ALONE!!!! He is old and daylight comes and me wanna go sleep.

1010 days ago
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pizza tom    

the best thing that belafonte can do is to die. simply put a gun to your head and shoot yourself. do us all a favor and silence you radical racist mouth and lay still you deliberately hateful brain and heart from ever affecting anyone again. belafonte is a racist plain and simple. his message i*****red for those who do not march toward his plantation. for belafonte to keep the black man on the liberal plantation has been a life long goal. belafonte is pure black trash......

1010 days ago
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Justice_4_Kelly    

I think whoever was in the station's control room saw him "meditating" and decided to mute the station's end of the audio and never gave a heads up that they were going live.

1010 days ago
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derty ernie    

Bellafonte is a racist. He hates whites and repubs and always has. What a foul person

1010 days ago
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wrai    

Bet he was dreaming of a world without white people. He's racist like that...

1010 days ago
12.

Canadasux    

Harry Belafonte is a crackpot!

1010 days ago
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Cheryl A.    

Does he snore when he meditates like my husband does?

1010 days ago
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AlwaysOnTimeB    

I know, I know....he wasn't sleeping, he was jus*****ching the inside of his eyelids!!!

1010 days ago
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Chuck    

Harry is a bad human being who hates. He opens his mouth to fill the air with vile vomit. I'm glad he went to sleep and shut up for a while.

1010 days ago
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