Last night’s America’s Got Talent featured a little kid rapper, age 7, who went by the moniker Mir Money.
It was all pretty run-of-the-mill. Except when judges Howard Stern and Sharon Osbourne buzzed the child with a dismissive “X” and began to explain (politely) why, the kid lost it. As did half the audience, who began jeering at Stern who happened to be talking to Mir Money at the time. Again, the kid was only 7. Clearly too small, too sweet, and ill-equipped (by age or by his parents), to cope with the rejection.
Stern’s getting a bunch of heat about this today, but he’s clearly not doing his bad guy shtick here. He’s being honest, and it’s seconds into explaining his reasons before there’s a crying child on the stage.
Host Nick Cannon immediately came on stage to shield and console the child. As did Stern, after the crowd grew a little restless. But Stern’s action wasn’t contrived, at least it wasn’t edited to look that way. It looked like contrite concern, from Stern, who said in the clip: “I’ll fix everything. Let me fix everything. I’m so sorry. I don’t want to make you cry. This job is too rough for me. I don’t want to do it anymore… I’m not cut out for this.”
After which there’s back-and-forth with Stern pushing for the kid to go through, but the remaining judges conceded Mir Money wouldn’t be able to handle the pressure.