Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs Confuses Downton Abbey Fans With Casting Announcement

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May 15, 2013 | 8:56pm EST

Rap mogul Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs has left fans of Downton Abbey confused after declaring he had landed a recurring role on the hit period drama – only for TV bosses to deny the allegations.
The hip-hop star took to his page on Wednesday to announce the news after admitting that he was an unlikely fan of Julian Fellowes’ British TV series.
He initially wrote, “How many of y’all out there are Downton Abbey fans? I have to admit that Downton Abbey is one of my favorite shows…”
Soon afterwards, he posted, “MY BIG NEWS: So happy to announce that Im (sic) a series regular on DOWNTON ABBEY-my favorite show+i’ll be debuting a sneak peek tonight 12am PST!”
Combs then gave his Twitter profile a complete makeover with a new Downtown Abbey background and an image of the titular country estate as his avatar picture.
However, it appears the Get Him to the Greek star won’t be joining the cast after all – a representative for the show tells the reports are “not true”, adding, “He is not joining the cast of Downton Abbey.”
It is not yet clear why Combs made the claims.
He wouldn’t have been the only black castmember added to the programme line-up after British actor Gary Carr recently joined the show as the first major black character, portraying a jazz star in the upcoming fourth season of the critically-acclaimed drama.