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Hands off, Reege! Fans of Regis Philbin (as well as co-host Kelly Ripa) were rather surprised to see the Live! With Regis and Kelly host get a little too friendly with musical guest Nicki Minaj on Monday.
But no one was more shocked than Ms. Minaj herself, who stopped by the show to promote her debut album Pink Friday. After performing her hit song "Right Thru Me" the 25-year-old rapper chatted with Philbin and Ripa about a variety of things, including her sense of style. Ripa envied her hair, while Philbin was admiring, well, something else!
"I love the way you dress," Philbin, 79, told the star as he checked out her outfit. "This looks like you've got a little strap around you there." After feeling the material on her dress, Philbin then gave Minaj an unexpected tap on the butt!
The gesture stunned Ripa, 40, who cried out, "Regis! What just happened?" And an equally flabbergasted Minaj laughed it off. But, it didn't end there for Philbin!
He soon turned the conversation to Minaj's supporter-collaborator Lil' Wayne. When she told them how Wayne's advice to her is "Go hard," Philbin quipped back, "Go hard? I wish I could."
However, it seems Minaj wasn't too offended by Philbin's antics -- just surprised. "What went thru your mind when Regis had slapped ya?" a fan asked the singer via Twitter. "That was epic!" Minaj responded from her page, "LOL. I was in shock!"
Watch the whole shocking moment below:
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