By Christina Wilkie - 12/09/10 12:29 AM EST
During an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program, Axelrod recalled where he was when he heard that Beatles icon John Lennon had been murdered. Wednesday marked the 30-year anniversary of Lennon’s death.
“I was driving home from a Chicago Bulls game with a friend, and we heard [about Lennon’s death] on the radio, and I almost swerved off the road,” Axelrod said.
“I also had a couple of beers at the game, so that could have been part of it,” he added.
Realizing that he had just made a joke about drunk driving on national television, Axelrod swiftly backpedaled. “No, I shouldn’t joke about that, it’s a serious thing,” he said.
Host Joe Scarborough also caught the slip, and jumped in to remind Axelrod that he was live on the air.
“Hey, we’re not in a [commercial] break, buddy!” Scarborough bellowed, before deftly changing the subject.