On May 15, music mogul Diddy sent Twitter buzzing with news that he had been cast in the new season of "Downton Abbey." He also claimed that he was a big fan of the show.
"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," he wrote in his Tweet.
When midnight came, it turned out that he was actually starring in a parody of the show for FunnyorDie.com. In the parody, Diddy says in the opening that he is the first black cast member of the show, which he calls "Downtown Abbey." It had been previously reported in early May that Gary Carr had been cast as the show's first black recurring character.
The parody can be viewed here (Warning: Video contains expletives) and Diddy is seen inserted into existing scenes from the show's earlier seasons. He pretends to play a character called Lord Wilcott, the supposed new owner of Downton Abbey.
OTRC.com correspondent Karl Schmid caught up with some of the cast members of "Downton Abbey" and the show's creator, Julian Fellowes, at the event "An Evening With 'Downton Abbey'" in North Hollywood, California, on Monday, June 10. He asked them about this parody, as well as other parodies of the show.
"Well I think it's the ultimate flattery, isn't it? If people are making fun of the show, it means you're doing something to be recognized," Rob James-Collier, who plays Thomas Barrow on the show, said. "I mean have you seen P. Diddy's one?"
James-Collier then asks Fellowes if he's seen the Diddy parody, to which he replies, "It's fantastic!"
"I don't know how you get into scenes like that," he added. "God, it was so brilliant."
"'Downton' has broken into hip-hop culture," James-Collier added. "I mean, who'd have thought it."
Michelle Dockery, who plays Lady Mary Crawley, talked about it as well and said, "The P. Diddy one is just unbelievable. I think it is so funny."
Be sure to check back with OTRC.com later today for more interviews from the "Downton Abbey" event.
Reporting by Karl Schmid, correspondent for KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).