Maybe Regis Philbin is getting old. Maybe he's turning to shock-jock tactics in order to boost ratings. Both would explain his "spanking" of musical guest Nicki Minaj's during Monday's Las Vegas "Live With Regis and Kelly."

After Minaj finished a musical number on the show, Regis and Kelly went over to interview the singer. One thing led to another, and eventually Regis "complimented" Minaj's outfit by spanking her. He then followed it up with a dirty joke. After Minaj said that fellow singer Lil Wayne gave her advice that said to "Go hard," Regis quipped: "Go hard? Wish I could!"

After the initial incident, Kelly yelled: "Regis! What just happened?!"

Exactly what we are thinking:

(via HuffPo)

Minaj responded after the show by saying she was "in shock":

One last thing…
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