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Sorry, no Diddy on 'Downton Abbey'

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Screen shot 2013-05-15 at 4.36.32 PM.pngDiddy a regular on "Downton Abbey"? It seemed too good to be true -- and it wasn't.

The rapper-actor-producer-mogul tweeted Wednesday afternoon a gleeful announcement that he'll be "a series regular on DOWNTON ABBEY-my favorite show" and promised a "sneak peek" that night, setting off a flurry of retweets and online reports.

But a spokeswoman for WGBH, the Boston public TV station that brings the British series to America, quickly shot down the notion as "not true."

Despite the apparent disconnect between the refined "Downton" tone and the tough-talking founder of Bad Boy Records, the notion wasn't entirely ludicrous. The erstwhile Sean Combs has made a few respectably received attempts at highbrow acting (in "Monster's Ball" and in both stage and TV versions of "A Raisin in the Sun"), and "Downton Abbey" already dipped into the musical world to cast soprano Kiri Te Kanawa for season 4.

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