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Michael Bublé's expletive-filled Kardashian moment

Vancouver crooner Michael Bublé has, willfully or not, stepped into the Kim Kardashian media mire.

In an intimate concert in New York on Nov. 8, Bublé was apparently having a little fun with his audience at the expense of the news-making reality-TV star and threw in the B word for good measure.

He reportedly announced to the audience, "Ladies and gentleman, I have a very special guest. Please welcome Kim Kardashian."

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There was said to be a pause, as some took him seriously. Then he quickly revealed he was joking, "Nah, just [expletive]with you. That [expletive]isn't coming on my stage."

Normally, any mention of Kardashian, who's in the process of divorcing her NBA-playing husband Kris Humphries after 72 days of marriage, attracts the Internet like flies. Yet this took an unusually long time – nearly six days.

One earlier review online referred to Bublé as saying a Kardashian joke and a word or two of sympathy for Humphries. It wasn't until the New York Post tabloid quoted his use of the B word that the Internet was suddenly all over the story.

The question, of course, is the context in which Bublé made his comment.

Was he going for a little Rat Pack edginess, that old trick of employing some off-colour humour to add a little spice to the standards on his song list?

The concert was for just 200 people at the tiny P.C. Richard & Son theatre in Manhattan. Likely Bublé thought he was just talking to them instead of the whole gossiping world.

The singer wasn't available for comment Monday.

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