America’s Got Talent contestant Tim Poe has admitted he did not earn the military honors he claimed to have earned during Monday’s episode of the talent contest.
Poe told fans of the show that he was injured in Afghanistan and had been given the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. After that back story and his emotional performance of “If Tomorrow Never Comes,” fans were in tears. But not long after, fans’ tears turned to outrage as the Minnesota National Guard said they had no record of Poe’s injuries and that he had not received any honors.
Since then, Poe has said he got caught up in a story once at a golf tournament where he didn’t want to be the only veteran there who had not been given high military honors. That’s where he apparently first claimed to have earned the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. Apparently he decided to carry the story over to the America’s Got Talent platform.
“It was just something stupid,” Poe said in an interview. “They don’t want to give Purple Hearts out for TBI (traumatic brain injury). Everyone there had (medals and honors). It was just one of those things where you feel out of place and you want to feel like you were part of something.”
Apparently Poe did sustain a head injury, but that was reportedly from falling out of the back of a truck, not from combat.
To make things worse, AGT producers say a photo Poe submitted of himself in Army gear was actually that of another soldier named Norman Bone. The photo was aired during Poe’s segment Monday night.
“We sincerely apologize to U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Norman Bone for using a photo of him in our story on Tim Poe,” the producers said in a statement. ”It was supplied to us by Tim and used on the show in good faith. It has now been removed and will not be used again.”
NBC has not commented on whether or not Poe will be allowed to remain on the show. Something tells me he might not want to remain regardless of what NBC says. He’s not going to have many fans after this.
Do you think he should be allowed to remain a part of America’s Got Talent?