December 1st, 2010
01:30 PM ET
Following her performance of "Right Thru Me," the flamboyant rapper/singer joined Philbin and his co-host Kelly Ripa for a chat. That's when 79-year-old Philbin got a little gropey.
"I love the way you dress. This looks like you've got a little strap around you there," he said of Minaj's frock, running his hand across the front hem before patting the 25-year-old on the bottom.
"Regis!" gasped a shocked Ripa, 40. "What just happened?!"
Later in the interview, Philbin asked what career advice Minaj's record-label boss Lil' Wayne has given her.
"Wayne tells me to go hard," the rainbow-haired beauty said.
"Go hard? I wish I could!" quipped Philbin.
Despite the racy high jinks, Minaj – whose just-released album, "Pink Friday," is set to debut at No. 2 on the Billboard charts - is laughing off the on-air incident.
Asked by a Twitter follower, "What went thru your mind when Regis had slapped ya? That was epic!" she replied, "LOL. I was in shock!"
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