'Jaws Dropped': The Behind-the-Scenes Reaction to the Miley/Nicki VMAs Moment

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For a show known for delivering controversial moments, Sunday night's MTV VMAs did not disappoint when Nicki Minaj threw some serious shade at host Miley Cyrus live on air. 

While Internet chatter quickly questioned if it was a spontaneous moment (or just drama engineered to drum up post-show coverage), inside the MTV production rooms during the show's taping, opinion was unanimous: Minaj's comments were not planned. Sources from the network say that the pair's feud is a "very real thing." 

But now, a source close to the "Anaconda" says it was all just a joke. 

"Nicki was joking, as you could see her laughing toward the end," the source says.