Seacrest on Strip Club: It Was Research!

6/18/2009 2:05 AM PDT
He was leaving a chop house, but last night Ryan Seacrest wasn't talkin' strip steak -- he was talking strippers.

It wasn't all about chicks grinding to Def Leppard at the British strip club Seacrest and Simon Cowell hit up last week -- according to him, they were just there for "research" on mimes.

They must have done some good probing -- Seacrest still admits he blew "too much" on a lapdance.