Wow, Howard Stern, you really are a softie.
After all his hard talk about giving it to contestants straight on America’s Got Talent, expounding his love for the fiercely competitive talent contest type show he so famously tended to recap on his radio program, it seems Howard Stern really does have a very soft side.
It’s not a surprise to regular Howard Stern listeners that he can be surprisingly… tender about certain topics, even if he is plain-spoken and seemingly cruel on others. The “shock jock” even basically did a whole movie called Private Parts (based on the book of the same name) back in the 90’s about how sensitive he is in contrast with his often offensive radio persona.
But when Stern made a kid cry on America’s Got Talent, he was visibly tormented by the circumstance and immediately hopped up to comfort the child. The young contestant in question was 7-year-old rapper Mir Money, and Stern was first to smack the buzzer on the kiddo, followed by Sharon Osbourne.
But as the boy realized Stern had voted him down, he began to cry. And Stern then hopped up and immediately hugged and began to comfort the boy, saying:
“Let me fix everything. I’m sorry, I’m so sorry. Mir Money, you’re a terrific kid, you know that? You are so brave… I’m going to be honest with you. I don’t want to make you cry.”
Mir Money was carted off by Nick Cannon, and Stern said of making the kid cry:
“This job is too rough for me. I don’t really wanna do it anymore… I’m not cut out for this, man. I’m not cut out for it. I’m shaking man, I’m shaking. I can’t do it, man. I can’t do it.”
Although Stern made the kid cry, he has no plans to leave AGT.