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Video: Prince's Surprise Visit to 'The View'

Discusses Justin Bieber, upcoming concerts

December 9, 2010 5:25 PM ET

Prince made a brief unannounced appearance on The View Thursday, surprising the audience and all of the show's hosts except for Whoopi Goldberg, who later said she had secretly set up the appearance.

"Oh my God — wait, wait, is that Prince?" Goldberg interrupted herself in mid-sentence as the artist walked on, wearing a sleek black outfit and dark glasses.

"First of all, these are strange hours for a rock star," he said, before saying that he was on the show to promote his concerts in the New York area later this month; he also handed out tickets to the show's hosts.

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Barbara Walters said that Justin Bieber had told her he hoped for a career as long as Prince's.

"The key to longevity is to know every aspect of music that you can," he replied.

'View' host Sherri Shepherd — who looked overwhelmed the entire time Prince sat next to her — first asked if she could keep his gloves and then said, "You don't understand: I have wanted to make love to you for my whole life!"

Prince responded, "On that note ..." and quickly left the stage to hoots of laughter from the hosts and the audience.

Prince's Surprise Visit [The View]

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