Howard Stern got rattled in Week 2 of “America’s Got Talent” after a heartbreaking scene took place during the New York auditions.
An adorable seven-year-old rapper from Philadelphia called Mir Money skipped out on stage to try out for the judges. After a funny intro gave hope that we were about to witness a mini Jay Z in the making, the wave of cuteness crashed when it turned out that, unfortunately, the child was not very good at all.
Howard buzzed the boy first, with Sharon also giving Mir Money the red X soon after.
Then the kid began to cry!
And that’s when Howard melted. He attempted to comfort the boy, but the room was overtaken by the audience’s loud chorus of boos.
“You’re a very nice young man,” Howard began. “No one likes hitting the “X” on a seven year old … You’re very brave to get up there at seven years old,” Howard said as tears streamed down the child’s face.
At that point, Howard got out of his seat, rushed up to the stage and hugged the lil rapper.
Watch the Traumatic “Talent” Tryout Above.
“This job is too rough for me,” a “shaky” Howard said after the emotional moment, “I don’t really want to do it anymore. That kid is destroyed. This is horrible.”
Father of twins Nick Cannon then came out and picked up Mir Money, carrying him off stage for a pep talk of epic cuteness, with gentle words of encouragement that made the child feel a little better before he was sent on his way.
The judges seemed genuinely upset at buzzing the little boy and didn’t mean to make him cry, but said they couldn’t legitimately pass him through to the next round based on his performance.
Seriously, shame on the show for even sending a seven-year-old kid out on that stage (he really shouldn’t have made the cut for even the first-round auditions) and putting the judges in a difficult position in the first place.
“America’s Got Talent” airs Tuesday at 8/7c on NBC.