Howard Stern Makes a Kid Cry on 'America's Got Talent' & It's Worse Than You Think (VIDEO)

After all the hoopla over whether Howard Stern would inexorably change America's Got Talent to America's Got No Moral Compass, it turns out the controversial shock jock is a big old softie after all.

In the show's third episode of the season, Stern was faced with criticizing a pint-sized aspiring rapper named Mir Money, and the little boy began weeping inconsolably. Money's tears not only melted Stern's heart, the moment was so dramatic Stern announced that he was reconsidering his role on the show, saying, "I can't do it, man. I can't do it."

At least, that's what the producers would like you to think. As for me, I CALL BULLSHIT.


So America’s Got Talent visited New York City Monday night for a round of auditions that included, among other things, a dude who arranged for his genitals to be repeatedly pummeled. (Boy, the Parents Television Council was so right, this IS some quality family entertainment!)

Adorable 7-year-old rapper Mir Money was also auditioning, but despite his cherubic appearance and awwww-worthy declaration that he'd use the million-dollar prize to look after his family, the kid got rejected by both Sharon and Stern in the judges' panel. He stopped his performance and Stern began to give his critique, but that's when Mir Money burst into tears, Nick Cannon gleefully announced that Stern was a "bad man," and Stern approached the stage to try and console the kid.

Oh, it all made for great television, right? The judge with the buzz fulfilled his duty of providing a shocking, did-it-go-too-far? moment, then immediately showed his softer side with the concern he displayed, including his dramatic announcements that “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 shaking. I can’t do it, man. I can’t do it.”

But here, you watch the video:

Now you tell me, WAS THAT KID CRYING?

See, I don't think so. He was dutifully scrubbing at his face as if to wipe away tears, but I think the whole thing was set up ahead of time. I think that kid's performance—and I'm not talking about the rapping—was a clever ratings ploy, designed to influence people's opinions about Stern and, of course, get people talking about the show.

In other words, if little Mir Money doesn't have a future in music, I think he could do just fine as an actor.

What's your call? Do you think the kid's tears and Howard's subsequent drama was sincere, or was this an act within an act?

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