The clown's costume was complete with a mane of red hair, red pom-poms and a frilly collar

By Emily Zauzmer
October 25, 2018 02:10 PM

Ellen DeGeneres decided to clown around — and Sean “Diddy” Combs was seriously spooked.

Halloween‘s coming up. Is this a true story? I want to know,” DeGeneres asked Combs on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. “I heard you’re scared of clowns.”

“No,” Combs, 48, replied. “Impossible … because I’m a black man. I have so many other things to be fearful of — a clown is not going to scare me.”

“Really?” DeGeneres, 60, probed.

“Yes. I’m not afraid of clowns,” Combs said.

Just then, a terrifying clown — complete with a mane of red hair, red pom-poms and a frilly collar — jumped out of the box next to Combs and let out a yell.

As the clown ran off the stage and the audience roared, Combs jumped out of his seat, kicked his leg and did some fancy footwork.

Sean “Diddy” Combs
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“Yeah, I got you. Oh, you wanna play?” Combs asked DeGeneres as he paced around and then sat down in his chair. “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.”

Combs gave DeGeneres a hug. “That was so gratifying,” DeGeneres said.

“You really affected my street cred with that, all right?” Combs joked.

Diddy and Ellen DeGeneres
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When DeGeneres and Combs weren’t getting in the Halloween spirit, they were giving back.

On Tuesday, Combs announced that he’s pledging $1 million to the Capital Preparatory Schools network, which will help the school expand to a third location in the Bronx in 2019.

“We’re really fighting the battle to give our kids that are from the communities I come from a fighting chance,” Combs 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.”

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DeGeneres gave Combs a check for $50,000 from Shutterfly for the school.

“Shutterfly, thank you!” Combs said as he hoisted the massive check above his head.