Sean “Diddy” Combs made his debut on HSN Monday, as did his fragrance line.
His motto seemed to be that he likes his grandfather, but he doesn’t want to smell like him. Hence the fragrances (but we hope grandpa wasn’t watching).
Combs’ products were such a hit during his first show at 11 p.m. that they all sold out. So HSN had to cancel his second scheduled show at 1 a.m., since there was no merchandise left to sell.
For Combs’ debut HSN CEO Mindy Grossman opened the company wallet and had a new set built, which looked like a sophisticated penthouse, and even had the Manhattan skyline in the background. Puff Daddy was laid back and modest, rather charming for a mogul with a multi-million dollar empire in music, fashion, TV, movies and fragrances.
“It’s a great way to reach people all over the world…I made it on HSN mom,” Combs said during his home shopping debut, where he fielded many calls from overwrought fans. “I’m blessed to be here.”
More than any of the other shopping networks, HSN has courted the African-American market, by bringing vendors in such as the hair-care line Carol’s Daughter, David Bowie’s wife Iman, and now Combs.
Talking about his award-winning men’s fragrance, I Am King, Combs said, “This is not a celebrity fragrance.”
The rapper said he helped design the cologne, in partnership with Estee Lauder. It has won the FiFi Award, which Combs called “the Oscars” of the perfume industry.
“I have a very sensitive nose,” said Combs, who described I Am King as being “a clean scent.”
He said, “I don’t like things that are overbearing.”
The name I Am King was not a boast, according to Combs, but a positive affirmation for everyone.
“I was talking about the king in all of us,” Combs said. “If we as men act as kings, we will respect our women as queens.”
Those are great sentiments, but we can’t help but note that Combs has a somewhat checkered past, which includes an arrest on a weapons charge — when he was with his then-girlfriend Jennifer Lopez — following a nightclub shooting in Manhattan. Scorpios like Combs often have a dark side.
We remember tabloid stories about an upset Lopez being dragged down to the police station with Combs the night he was arrested. Doesn’t sound very queenly. Well, that was almost 10 years ago. Leopards can change their spots.
Host Callie Northagen did the show. She seems to be HSN’s ace for interviewing high-profile talent, including Madonna and singer Natalie Cole.
HSN was also selling the men’s and women’s fragrance lines Sean John Unforgivable. The kits and gift sets ranged in price from $57 to $78. There was also a fleece robe for $60.
Combs has a vast empire, and even produced and was a judge for the MTV show “Making the Band.”
He also claimed he was a fan of the No. 2 home shopping channel.
“Sometimes when you watch HSN, you get stuck there for hours,” Combs said.
We know what you mean, Diddy.