By Kelly Connolly
Updated September 17, 2015 at 01:15 PM EDT
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America’s Got Talent crowned its season 10 champion on Wednesday, but it was a bittersweet night for Howard Stern, who said goodbye to the series after four years behind the judges’ table.

To commemorate his time on AGT, the native New Yorker took to the streets of the city, interacting with tourists, locals, cops, and cab drivers, many of whom expressed that they would be “sad to see [Stern] go.” It was a sentiment that Stern himself said he never could have expected before taking the job.

“You know what? I did the most shocking thing in my career: I was on a family show,” Stern said to one couple.

“When I was a kid,” he reflected, “if you would’ve said to me, ‘One day you’ll be on live television from Radio City Music Hall,’ I wouldn’t have believed you.”

Stern credited his own struggles in the industry for giving him the motivation to join the series.

“If I had any dream about this, it’s that I could take someone who was struggling and seriously give advice,” he said. “I was told over and over again that I had no talent. I was in college radio. No one was banking on me.”

Stern announced his departure from the reality competition series on his radio show in June, saying, “I really, really did struggle with this decision because…I’ve been working a long time.”

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