Diddy Says He’s Downton Abbey Series Regular: Is He For Real? — Update
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Diddy Says He’s Downton Abbey Series Regular: Is He For Real? — Update

Update: Don’t count Puff Daddy out yet. Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes “absolutely adored” Diddy’s Funny or Die video. So much, in fact, that he thinks there might be a spot for the star.

“I’d never [say] never, though I imagine he’d steal the scene, even if it was a small part,” Julian told The Telegraph.

We’re sure he would but man, would it be a good scene.

Update: Turns out it was all a joke! On May 16, Diddy released a Funny or Die video that used green screen technology to add him into the familiar world of Downton Abbey. We have to admit, it’s pretty hilarious.

Update: PBS, which airs the British ITV series in the US, says that Diddy's claim is "simply not true." No word yet from ITV.

First he was Puff Daddy. Then P.Diddy, and then just Diddy. Now, the rapper formerly known as Sean Combs is taking on a whole a new identity — a series regular on Downton Abbey?

That’s what he says at least. On May 15, Diddy took to Twitter to announce that he would be a series regular on the upcoming Season 4 of the hit BBC period drama. Say what?!

“MY BIG NEWS: So happy to announce that I’m a series regular on DOWNTON ABBEY-my favorite show+i'll be debuting a sneak peek tonight 12am PST!” the rapper tweeted. He later posted two photos of himself, supposedly on the set, dressed up in period costume and everything.

So far, there has been no confirmation from the show that Diddy really has been cast. Frankly, we’re not entirely sure we can take his word for it.

Diddy Says He’s Downton Abbey Series Regular: Is He For Real? — Update
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Why? Because it smells like something else just might be afoot. Though Downton has enjoyed massive success in both the United States and UK these past three years, the show has also experienced a fair amount of criticism for lack of diversity. The drama, which takes place in 1910s-1920s Britain, features an almost entirely white cast. Remember Mr. Pamuk way back in Season 1? He was supposed to be Turkish, right?

Back in February, the show made waves with the announcement that it was looking to cast its very first black character, a musician named Jack Ross. “He’s black and very handsome. A real man (not a boy) with charm and charisma," Downton’s casting notice said. In addition, Jack must be able to “sing brilliantly” — uh, does rapping count? — and have “a certain wow factor.”

There's just one problem. Actor Gary Carr has already been cast to play Jack. So unless the role has been suddenly re-cast, or if Downton is (gasp!) introducing two black characters, something just doesn't add up. As much as we LOVE the craziness of casting Diddy on Downton, we have to admit that things might not be as they seem. Late night TV shows and sites like FunnyOrDie.com often parody situations like Downton’s lack of diversity. Diddy’s big announcement could just end up being a spoof video that pokes fun at the situation.

What do you think: Is Diddy really joining full time — or is this all some elaborate ruse? Whatever the answer, we should know for sure at midnight tonight. His sneak peek video can’t get here soon enough!

Source: Diddy on Twitter

05.15.2013 / 12:00 AM EDT by Beth Douglass
Related: Downton Abbey, Downton Abbey Season 4

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