News: After Diddy Spoof, "Downton Abbey" Creator Wants Puff Daddy
Thursday, Jun 27, 2013 3:05PM
A few weeks after Bad Boy Records CEO Diddy had the Internet in chuckles over a spoof of British television drama "Downton Abbey," the show's creator now has an interest in working with the music executive.
While Puff would not land a major role, creator Julian Fellowes said he could easily make a cameo on the series.
Diddy made a spoof video for a comedy website in which he appeared in episodes of Downton Abbey. Now, the American rapper could star in the real thing. Julian Fellowes, the creator of the ITV costume drama, tells Mandrake that he is considering giving Diddy a cameo role in a future episode. "I'd never says never, though I imagine he'd steal the scene, even if it was a small part," Lord Fellowes says at the Life After Stroke Awards, at the Dorchester hotel in Mayfair. The Conservative peer says he enjoyed the star's video, entitled Downton Diddy, which showed him explaining that he was to play the role of Lord Wolcott, the new owner of the country house. "I loved that, I thought it was fabulous," he says. "I absolutely adored it, but I just couldn't see how he could have done it." (Telegraph UK)
Puffy pulled his now-infamous prank last month with a series of "big news" tweets.
"I'm going to be making a big announcement in the next hour-im excited for yall to hear!," he tweeted May 15th.
"I have to admit that Downton Abbey is one of my favorite shows- and thats why Im so excited today @DowntonAbbey"
"MY BIG NEWS: So happy to announce that Im a series regular on DOWNTON ABBEY-my favorite show+i'll be debuting a sneak peek tonight 12am PST!" (Diddy's Twitter)
The buzz caught attention from a slew of high-profile artists like Maybach Music Group head Rick Ross.
"Congrats to @iamdiddy on joining the cast of @DowntonAbbey!," Ross tweeted May 15th. (Rick Ross' Twitter)
The buzz also sparked the interest of "Downton Abbey" producers, who denied the claim's validity.
When asked if there was any truth to the tweets, a press representative for Masterpiece said "None at all. Thanks for checking." Whether the tweets are the result of a hacker or just a joke remained unclear, but it appears the show's fans on both sides of the Atlantic won't be seeing Diddy upstairs or downstairs on the costume drama. (Wall Street Journal)
Hours later, Diddy revealed it was all part of a parody for joke-based online website FunnyOrDie.com.
Diddy will not be starring in Downton Abbey, in spite of apparently claiming he would be taking a recurring role in the hit costume drama. The US rapper turned out to have been promoting a skit on Will Ferrell's Funny Or Die website. The prospect of Lord and Lady Grantham being overshadowed by glittering bling, and Cristal served to a disapproving dowager countess was raised on 15 May when Diddy announced via his Twitter feed he would be joining the cast of Julian Fellowes's ITV drama. (The Guardian)
Check out the spoof: