Howard Stern seems to have lost his edge now that he’s on “America’s Got Talent,” but this week he felt “so evil” that he threatened to quit. When 7-year-old Mir Money took the stage and started rapping, it was only a few seconds before Stern hit the “X” and voted for him to go on, and less than a minute before the boy was in tears.
It only made matters worse that he was probably the most adorable kid on the planet, having just told Howie Mandel that he would use the “AGT” million dollar winnings to “take care of” his family.
With Mir Money tearing up on stage, Stern climbed the stairs to hug him, saying, “No one likes hitting the ‘X’ on a 7-year-old. You’re very brave to get up there at 7 years old.”
He finally consoled Money, telling him, “I’ve met many great rappers I’m on the radio I interview them none of them are quite as good as you.” When the pint-sized rapper left the stage, Stern was a mess, repeating “I’m not cut out for this… I’m shaking… I can’t do it” and saying, “Radio is for me. I made a mistake — this isn’t for me.”
However, the judge has changed his tune since filming the New York City auditions that aired last night. Earlier this month, he previewed the Mir Money debacle, telling Jimmy Fallon, “This little 7-year-old cute kid gets up — his parents put him out there, you know that was a good decision — and he’s singing something or rapping, I don’t know what he was doing, so I said, ‘This kid is horrible.’ But what am I gonna do? Am I going to be dishonest? Am I going to be like J-Lo and sit there and tell everyone they’re wonderful? No. I’m going to hit my buzzer.”
He said that he “felt so evil” that he went onstage and hugged the little boy, but prefaced his story by saying, “There is no greater joy than hitting the ‘X’ on a 7-year-old kid.”
In the end, Stern voted yes to send Money to the next “AGT” round in Las Vegas, but fellow judges Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel voted no. “I totally caved,” Stern told Fallon. Watch the May 9 interview with Jimmy Fallon below.