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Updated: Diddy tweets that he's joining "Downton Abbey" cast -- he's not

The rapper tweets that "Downton" is "favorite show," promises to release "sneak peek" tonight. WGBH says he's lying



Daniel D'Addario
May 16, 2013 1:20AM (UTC)

The rapper Diddy, best known for hits including "Bad Boy for Life," may be is not entering a whole new milieu.

He tweeted today that he is to be a series regular on "Downton Abbey," the "Masterpiece" saga that recently featured special guest star Shirley MacLaine.

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It'd be a big, but not shocking, move for the musician, who's sporadically tried acting in high-toned, prestigious productions (he appeared onscreen in "Monster's Ball" and onstage in "A Raisin in the Sun"). His announcement -- which may very well be a joke -- comes on the heels of his protégés in the girl group Danity Kane reuniting without his help. Diddy has decisively seized the spotlight back for himself.

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While the idea that the series would cast Diddy is implausible, it is worth noting that he wouldn't be out of place at the manor; the show recently cast its first black character, to be played by British actor Jack Ross. And he wouldn't be the only famous musician on the show, either; famed soprano Kiri Te Kanawa has been cast for season 4 of "Downton" as well.

We've reached out to PBS for comment and will update if they respond.

UPDATE, 5:34p.m.: A representative for "Masterpiece" at PBS member station WGBH Boston emails Salon: "Very funny, but it's simply not true."


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