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Jay-Z joins the proud papa pantheon, as we look back at other pop-culture pregnancy reactions

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While it’s a pretty safe assumption that Jay-Z already knew his beloved was carrying his babeyonce (boy, that won’t get old during the next few months, will it?), his elated reaction to Beyonce’s pregnancy announcement during the VMAs was even better than ours. Watch the moment again (and again and again) below:

Of course, in addition to become a first-time beaming dad-to-be, Jay-Z has officially joined the pop-culture pregnancy reaction club. While Jay ranks high above Freaked Out New Dads (On The Simpsons, Homer learning about all three of his kids and thus ripping out all of his hair; Hugh Grant's jerky reaction/general behavior in all of Nine Months, Steve Martin desperately trying to recapture his youth after he discovers he's going to be a grand/father in Father of the Bride: Part II), he's got some competition with equally Happy Parents like Juno's Fertile Myrtle miracle (the authentic and adorable reactions of hopeful adoptive mother-to-be Jennifer Garner) and Jim (a teary-eyed John Krasinski) and Pam finding out about their first, blissfully unexpected baby on The Office.

Here's some other "I'm pregnant!" classics:

Ross flips out when he finds out he got Rachel pregnant on Friends. Definitely can't use the "We were on a break" excuse anymore.

There's a bevy of moments in 2007's Knocked Up that gave us pregnant pause to pick our favorite (Seth Rogen's Ben asking Alison if she's pregnant "with emotion," Jay Baruchel promising to "rear" said child), but we had to name youngsters Maude and Iris' awesome reaction (not to mention medically accurate explanation as to where babies come from) to the news that won us over.

And, last, but certainly, not least, Booth telling Bones she is with child… and he is the father. We’re still beaming, too.

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But tell us, PopWatchers, which pop-culture pregnancy reaction is your all-time favorite? Is it when Miranda suddenly dropped a bomb on Steve while getting ice cream on Sex and the City? Jenna’s (Keri Russell) dismayed discovery in Waitress? Or does Jay-Z simply trump them all now? Share your bundle of joyful responses in the comments section below.

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Originally posted August 29 2011 — 2:33 PM EDT

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