Sean Combs, aka P. Diddy, has never been one to fear causing a scene and that’s exactly what he’s done over the past two days among both his own fans and fans of the hit British period drama, Downton Abbey.
Much has been made since late February when it was announced that producers of the series were casting for the introduction of the first black character to the hallowed halls of Downton in season 4. It was subsequently revealed on 1 May that Gary Carr had won the coveted role of Jack Ross. So it was with some surprise that fans greeted Diddy’s announcement.
It all kicked off yesterday (15 May) when Diddy announced on his Twitter feed that he was heading to Downton for season 4 of the ITV series. His background and avatar was also changed to the Downton Abbey logo prompting his over 8.7 million followers to query whether his account had been hacked or whether this was true. He then continued to post “pictures” of him with the cast and teasing about the sneak peek over the course of the day. Reaction was so intense that it even forced the series’ US co-producer, PBS, to release a statement, where spokesperson Carrie Johnson said, “It’s not true”.
Then today (16 May) Diddy released a sneak peek of his debut (see below) and it quickly became apparent that the rapper was promoting a skit for Will Ferrell’s Funny Or Die website. Though claiming to be an “Abbeyhead”, he constantly refers to the estate and show as “Downtown Abbey”. However, obviously with a bit of prompting, he does finally get it right… “Downtown Abbey… Downton Abbey… Whatever the fuck it’s called”.
What followed was a hilarious look at scenes from the three seasons intercut with Diddy, where, among some classic lines, he encourages the Dowager and Mrs Crawley to kiss in front of him with tongue, hopes that there’s not a World War II and fights off only to then succumb to advances from Thomas, the first footman.
He finishes the clip with an entreaty for fans to go out and purchase the DVD but to ensure you get the Lord Wolcott edition. Now that is one boxset I’d like to grace my shelves.