Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009 | 11:17 a.m.
He has been known as many things: Puff Daddy, P. Diddy, Sean John, and Sean “Diddy” Combs, among other names.
Yet no one was calling the rapper/producer/designer/vodka czar “on time” yesterday.
Instead, the unpunctual star was jokingly dubbed “Tar-Diddy,” at Wet Republic, after making photographers wait for him for more than an hour in the triple-digit heat .
While the entrepreneur was scheduled to arrive at the MGM Grand’s adults-only pool at 3 p.m. yesterday, it wasn’t until after 4 p.m. that he finally swaggered down the steps and onto the blue carpet.
He quickly shook fans’ hands and gave a few high-fives as he made his way to the carpet, where the long line of sweaty photographers waited.
From there, Combs wasted no time when it came to making his way from there to his VIP bungalow: While the photogs waited for him to arrive for more than an hour, the mogul spent less than a minute posing for pictures.
No interviews were given, either.
“That has to be some sort of record,” one annoyed photographer grumbled after Combs walked off without warning.
Even the models hired to promote Diddy’s signature brand of vodka were left looking rather stunned as they stood their Ciroq bikinis, their hopes of having a photo with the star dashed.
Tar-Diddy swiftly made his way from the blue carpet to his cabana, where he grabbed the mic and urged partiers to make up for lost time.
“I want to see you dancing in the pool, I want to see you dancing on the bar!” he urged. “Let's go, DJ!”
Ever the self-promoter, Combs also used the opportunity to give shout-outs to Ciroq, and later urged male partiers to “Keep it sexy,” – whatever that means.
Actor/singer Tyrese, boxer Floyd Mayweather, rapper Mase, reality TV personality/music producer Ray-J, Keenan Ivory, and Marlon, Shawn and Damon Wayans were also at Wet Republic on Saturday.
Melissa Arseniuk writes about Las Vegas entertainment and celebrity events. She can be reached at 702-948-7823 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.