LOS ANGELES, Ca. – Producers for the E! reality show Keeping Up with the Kardashians have cast actor Taye Diggs to play Lamar Odom in the show’s eleventh season, Shauna Roberts, the show’s publicist told TMZ today. “Taye was an easy choice for the role,” Roberts said, adding, “His smile alone is enough to capture the hearts of millions of fans.”
A source close to the Kardashian family told Perez Hilton that Rob Kardashian, who is reportedly returning to KUWTK for the eleventh season, is not happy about Taye joining the cast. “They have a history,” the source said, alleging Rob and Taye got into a “violent physical altercation” in the parking lot of the Beverly Hills Country Club after Diggs made a “snide remark” to Rob over a decision to park his SUV in a handicapped parking space.
“That’s something they’ll have to work out,” said Lance Johansson of The Hollywood Reporter. “Most of us, I imagine, would prefer they do it on camera.” Johansson, a vocal reality TV critic, questioned whether or not the show’s producers will decide to include Lamar’s drug problem in the storyline. “It’ll certainly make for interesting TV if they do. Either way, Taye’s one hell of an actor,” he said.
Diggs, who won an award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series in the 2005 NAACP Image Awards, is set to assume Odom’s role in Keeping Up with the Kardashians, which has resumed filming this week.