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J. Lo Battles Diddy for Fuse Network

NuvoTV, the Jennifer Lopez-backed cable channel for Latinos, has made a bid for Fuse Network.

Bloomberg reports that J.Lo’s offer is “cash and equity valued at more than $200 million,” which means she out bid Sean Combs, her former boyfriend. Diddy offered only $200 million for Fuse.

Lopez holds a minority stake in the LA based NuvoTV. The network reaches 34 million homes, so adding Fuse’s 74 million homes would be a huge boost. Diddy’s Revolt TV, meanwhile, currently reaches even less homes — only 22 million.

Fuse TV has more bidders than just J.Lo and Diddy, but they’re the most important because they’re famous. Obviously. So which one will get Fuse? We say let the person with the most nicknames but least amount of terrible music win. It’s a tough call, we know.

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Diddy Bids $200 Million for Fuse Network

Sean Combs — otherwise known as Diddy, Puffy, Puff, P. Diddy, or Puff Daddy depending on the day of the week — has bid about $200 million for Fuse cable TV network. Bloomberg News reports that Diddy plans to fold Fuse into Revolt, the network he founded last year.

With the buy, Revolt would increase its distribution by over 70 million homes. Currently, Revolt reaches about 22 million homes and is carried by Comcast and Time Warner Cable. Fuse, on the other hand, reaches about 74 million homes through DirecTV and Dish Network.

One obstacle that might keep Diddy from being the proud new owner of Fuse? His bid. A Bloomberg analyst said that “An offer of $200 million seems low for almost 75 million households.”

If Diddy’s offer is accepted — he is one of several bidders — early word is that each show on the new combined network will be hosted by Dylan.

Magic Johnson Joins Diddy with New TV Channel

We already knew that Diddy and Comcast struck a deal for the mogul to launch his music channel, Revolt, but now another high profile celebrity is getting a chance. The Wall Street Journal reports that Earvin “Magic” Johnson will launch “Aspire,” a general interest channel targeting the African-American community, sometime this year.

Johnson said Aspire will feature original programming, movies and shows. The addition of Johnson’s channel is part of Comcast’s mission to launch 10 minority-owned networks within the next 10 years.

In typical Johnson fashion, he insisted that one of his goals for the channel is to provide as many opportunities for African-American’s in the entertainment business as possible.

You’ve got to love him; he hasn’t played ball in forever but the assists continue to rack up.

Diddy’s Plan: All Diddy, All The Time

Harlem native Sean Combs, aka “Diddy,” the rapper (hahaha! just kidding!), businessman and media mogul wants to be even more ubiquitous than he is now. Today he spoke to Adweek about his new Ciroc vodka ad and his burgeoning empire, and he had a couple interesting things to say.

Diddy begins by explaining that his new liquor commercial uses the “rat pack” theme because “for years, people have called me the black Sinatra.” Of course they have. Your FishbowlNY editors are constantly dealing with people calling us the “still alive Ernest Hemingways,” so we know what he means. It gets so old.

The best part of the interview, however, is when Diddy explains his grand plan:

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LAPD Cop Turned Author Re-Ignites Tupac Shakur Murder Investigation

The release this week of Murder Rap, a cleverly titled book by former LAPD detective Greg Kading, has stoked a whole new round of explosive media coverage about the unsolved killings of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls. Beginning with the LA Weekly, which blasted out a sensational headline tying Sean Combs and Suge Knight to, respectively, the killings of Shakur and Smalls.

Kading, after giving the Weekly an exclusive first look and interview, has talked with website HipHopDX.com. Although Knight has yet to be heard from, Combs told local reporters Chris Vogel and Simone Wilson via email that the Kading allegations are “pure fiction and completely ridiculous.” Per the pair’s article:

Perhaps luckily for the rappers’ families and fans still seeking closure, Kading made copies of nearly every investigative report and taped confession before he left LAPD. His explosive book details the behind-the-scenes failure by LAPD to bring Shakur’s and Smalls’ killers to justice.

In a taped confession fully reviewed by LA Weekly, Keffe D says, “[Combs] took me downstairs and he’s like, ‘Man, I want to get rid of them dudes.’ … I was like, ‘We’ll wipe their ass out, quick. It’s nothing.’ … We wanted a million.”

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E! Puts Another Nail in Journalism Coffin

We know it’s not hard these days to find discouraging signs of erosion in the journalism profession. But a new contest being sponsored by Comcast and CIROC Vodka has put us in a foul holiday season mood.

Five lucky winners will get to be E! on-air correspondents this New Year’s Eve, co-hosting the festivities from Las Vegas (with Sean Combs), Miami (Kourtney Kardashian), Vail (Taryn Manning), Chicago (Pete Wentz) and New York (TBA). TBA stands for To Be Announced, not some rad new rapper.

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Looking For Work? Diddy Wants You!

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The unemployment rate may be at an all-time high, but at least one person is hiring… Diddy.

Per MediaJobsDaily: Hip hop mogul Sean Combs is looking for a new bad boy for life personal assistant. If you’ve got what it takes to cater to Diddy 24/7, give it your best shot at an audition for season two of the reality show, “I Want To Work For Diddy.”

Not only is Diddy combing (ahem) for characters in New York, but he’s holding casting calls in Los Angeles and Chicago, so if you can stand out among the stiff competition, you might land yourself a spot on the show.

Time to don your best bling…