Howard Stern helped drive 7-year-old rapper Mir Money to tears by giving him the "X" for rejection on "America's Got Talent" and says he became so emotional after comforting the boy that he contemplated having more children. Then the feeling passed.
The 58-year-old made his comments on his raunchy Sirius XM satellite radio show on Tuesday, May 22, a day after the episode of the NBC reality show aired. Stern made his debut as the third judge on the series last week, joining Howie Mandel and Sharon Osbourne, who followed Stern's lead to also reject Mir Money's act.
"When I hugged him, I felt like I was like, 'Oh my God,'" he gushed to his radio sidekick, Robin Quivers, about the boy, whose real name is Amir Palmer. "Hugging this little boy made me feel so ... it was a feeling I couldn't remember. I don't even remember that feeling and it was like, 'Oh my God, he's such a little boy.' Like, my arms around him, it was like ? how fragile and how tiny he was and I just melted."
"If I ever came close to ever wanting kids again, it was in that moment. It really was that profound for me," he added. "It was like, 'Oh my goodness, this little boy.'
"Did the feeling pass?" Quivers asked.
"Oh yes. Rapidly," Stern said. "I came to my senses."
Stern and wife Beth Ostosky have no children. The shock jock has three adult daughters from his first marriage. While Mir Money had failed to impress Stern and Osbourne on Monday's episode with his high-pitched rapping, he drew cheers from many audience members before he began his act. He stopped performing after Stern and Osbourne rejected him.
Mandel asked him if he was angry, to which he replied "No." He was then seen being handed a water bottle by host Nick Cannon and sobbing by his side as the audience booed.
"I'll fix everything," Stern said, walking on stage. "Let me fix everything. I'm sorry Money. I'm so sorry. You're a terrific young man. You are so brave. This job is too rough for me. I don't really want to do it anymore. "
He told the boy that he interviews many "great rappers" on his radio show but none of them are "quite as good" as him.
"I'm not cut out for this man," Stern said. "I'm not cut out for it. I'm shaking. I can't do it, man. I can't do it."
"Robin," he said, looking at Quivers, who was sitting in the audience. "Radio is for me. I made a mistake. This is not for me. Holy mackerel. "
A producer then asked the judges to vote officially. Stern, reversing his position, said, "It's a yes," while Osbourne and Mandel said they were voting "No" and would not send Mir Money to the next round.
"I said, 'You're going to Vegas,' because I was like, no way am I breaking this kid's heart," Stern said on his radio show. "So afterwards, the producers came and they said, 'Howie and Sharon, how do you vote?' And I said, 'What do you mean?' And they go, 'Well they have to vote too.' I go, 'Oh that's right, they're on the show.'"
"And so Sharon and Howie voted no," he said. "So they told the kid afterwards, 'Look, you're not going to Vegas. Just because Howard said he wants you to go to Vegas doesn't mean that you automatically go through. There are rules."