Mir Money, proudly representing his hometown of Philladelphia, was buzzed mid-act by Stern (and then by Sharon Osbourne)—instantly crushing both his confidence and dreams of pre-pubescent super stardom.
Despite a lackluster performance, Money had already won the audience (and America over) by chatting up Howie Mandel—claiming “himself” as his favorite rapper, and saying that he would use the million-dollar prize money to “take care of his family.”
As Stern began to offer his post-buzz critique, "you're a very nice young man, you are very brave to get up there. No one likes hitting the 'X' on a 7-year-old," the kid burst into tears.
Host Nick Cannon immediately came to his side.
Realizing too late what he had done, Stern approached the stage himself, embraced the child, and over compensated with lies. "You know what, Mir Money? I've met a lot of rappers—I'm on the radio, I've interviewed them—and none of them are as quite as good as you."
Cannon carried Money off stage, and attempted to reverse the psychological damage of the nationwide humiliation that will surely ruin him for life, “I don’t think he understand that Philly flow.”
Stern who was visibly shaken by the encounter then threatened to quit, “I’m not cut out for this man… I can’t do it. I can’t do it, man.”
We all knew the kid wasn’t going to win, but the “shock jock” could have let him finish for the sake of entertainment, and you know, decency.