Ellen DeGeneres decided to test Diddy’s fear of clowns on Thursday’s episode of her talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
“Halloween’s coming up,” DeGeneres said. “I heard you’re scared of clowns.
“Impossible … because I’m a Black man,” the rap mogul calmly said. “I have so many other things to be fearful of — a clown is not going to scare me.”
Moments after his declaration, a frightening clown popped out of a crate next to Diddy, who reacted by jumping out of his seat and turning a karate kick into a two-step.
“I got you. Oh, you wanna play?” Diddy quipped at DeGeneres as she cracked up laughing.
The 48-year-old was a good sport about the scare. “You know, I woke up this morning, and I said, ‘I want my life to be full of surprises.’ Ellen, I thank you. Thank you.”
The comedian said, “That was so gratifying. I only did that because you didn’t send me a bottle with your other friends.” She was referring to the limited edition Blackberry Raspberry Ciroc that Diddy gave to notable celebs.
“You really affected my street cred with that, all right?” he joked.
Diddy also spoke about his $1 mullion pledge to open up a third school with Capital Preparatory Schools network in 2019. The school will be located in the Bronx area of New York City. The two other schools are in Harlem, New York and Bridgeport, Connecticut.
“We’re really fighting the battle to give our kids that are from the communities I come from a fighting chance,” he told DeGeneres. “We have a curriculum of leadership and also social justice. We do coding. We do all of the other things. But it’s really about working with kids that were like me. To read a book, I have to read a book three times. Some people are like that. You have to give that extra attention to the kids. So we work with at-risk kids.”