Sean “Diddy” Combs — aka Love — is well-known for a great many things: Great production, wild office outbursts, and his ever-changing rotation of nicknames, but one new thing he’s developing a bit of a reputation for is cropping celebrities out of his photos of other celebrities. There was the time he cropped Kylie and Kendall Jenner out of a photo of himself with Migos, Wiz Khalifa, and Syre. Then, during his pre-Grammys party, Diddy knocked Fabolous and French Montana out of a pic of Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, and Jay-Z.
The phenomenon has become so widespread that many fans online have taken to calling it the #DiddyCrop and assigning all sorts of hilariously shady reasons to the crops. For some, it’s because the cropped celebrities were unworthy to stand alongside some of their more famous or talented peers. However, as Diddy explained to Ellen DeGeneres during an interview on her talk show (which you can watch in full above), the reasoning isn’t quite as petty as some hoped — although it’s still pretty funny.
“Sometimes my photography editor, he doesn’t let me know when he’s taking people out of the pictures,” he explains bashfully. “I just found out about it. There were people that were taken away that didn’t deserve to be taken away.” He goes on to complain that thanks to what he dubs “the Diddy ‘Shop (as in PhotoShop),” some of his rapper friends haven’t spoken to him in two weeks.
So it looks like it’s simply a matter of delegation gone wrong, but now that he’s provided his excuse, maybe his friends won’t be quite as salty the next time one of them inexplicably goes missing on a Diddy social media post.