Mike Rowe Singing Inappropriate Prince Song in Front of His Mom Is Pure Comedy

by Kati Michelle
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They say there’s a time and place for everything. And we also know that Mike Rowe’s got some serious pipes. His Christmas song collab with John Rich is making its way to karaoke parties as we speak and the guy was a professional opera singer for a while, too. But when it comes to inviting your elderly mother on a podcast, maybe singing Prince isn’t the way to go. Especially his “Sexy Mother F—–” track…

If you’re unfamiliar, here’s a quick preview of the lyrics:

Sexy mother f—– shakin’ that a– / Shakin’ that a–, shakin’ that a– / Sexy mother f—– shakin’ that a– /

It looks a bit like a “Wheel of Fortune” puzzle, doesn’t it? So you can probably guess what Mike Rowe’s mother’s reaction must have looked like. A hand on her heart and an eye roll to boot.

You can catch it over on his Instagram here.

What Else They Talk About on the Podcast

As the fans point out in the comments, the best part of the podcast preview has to be when the screen goes dark and you can hear her little voice ask “You can say those words?”

You might be wondering what else they discuss on the podcast or how to access it. Their talk together marks episode 231 of Mike Rowe’s “The Way I Heard It” and it bears a special title. “A Cornhole Christmas.” Rowe calls it a “heartfelt, yet wildly inappropriate catch-up” and promises that “you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll dream of cornhole.”

The full podcast episode is available to listen to here:

Mike Rowe’s Mom Has Always Been His Biggest Fan

On his website, Mike Rowe reveals that his mom has always been his biggest fan. She’s supported her son from the very start with equal parts motherly advice and constructive criticism. He also reveals one of her biggest secrets which has to do with fan mail. Apparently, at the very start of his career, Peggy took the time to write several fan letters under faux names. She then mailed them from different cities to Mike’s producer.

And Peggy is an author now too. A New York Times-best-selling one at that. She’s written “About My Mother: True Stories of a Horse-Crazy Daughter and Her Baseball-Obsessed Mother: A Memoir” and “About Your Father And Other Celebrities I Have Known: Ruminations And Revelations From A Desperate Mother To Her Dirty Son.”

“When people talk to me and remember stories of their own lives, my advice to them is sit down and write about it,” she told Fox in a past interview. “They’ll say, ‘But I’m not a writer.’ And I’ll say, ‘That’s all right. You have a story. Just sit down and put it on paper.'”