Tyra Banks, Alfonso Ribeiro rekindle the old flame that Will Smith snuffed out

Before they became co-hosts, they were on-screen love interests — until Will Smith slapped one of them off screen.

The Post caught up with Dancing with the Stars hosts Tyra Banks and Alfonso Ribeiro via Zoom on Friday ahead of the show’s season premiere on Disney+ on Monday – and the couple recalled starring together in The Fresh Prince of Bel – Air”. 1993

“We were love interests for one act,” said Banks, 48, of the sitcom, which marked the California native’s first acting gig.

The popular ’90s show Ribeiro, 50, from the Bronx, played Riverdale, Will Smith’s character’s cousin, Carlton, and when Banks’ character Jackie debuted, “it was Jackie and Carlton, and we were so in love,” continued she continued .

“And then she sees Will,” Ribeiro interrupted. “And the little guy is being dissed again. And it broke my heart a bit.”

A picture of Tyra Banks and Alfonso Ribeiro.
Supermodel Tyra Banks and actor Alfonso Ribeiro will co-host season 31 of Dancing with the Stars.
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“It broke the heart of Alfonso or Carlton?” Banks asked.

“Both,” Ribeiro replied. “I wanted the story to continue. I wanted to have a love interest in the show. I wanted to be cool.”

Banks also revealed that the actor and winner of 2014’s Dancing with the Stars showed the supermodel some love on set.

A promotional image of Will Smith, Alfonso Ribeiro and Tyra Banks for The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

Will Smith, Tyra Banks and Alfonso Ribeiro pose for a promotional photo for The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.


A picture of Will Smith, Alfonso Ribeiro and Tyra Banks in an episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air."

Ribeiro, Banks and Smith are photographed during an episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.


“Is that why you took me to Marie Callender’s and got me a pot pie?” she asked Ribeiro.

“My game was definitely lacking,” he replied. “It was a good pot pie, though,” Banks added.

When asked if Smith – who infamously slapped Chris Rock at the Academy Awards in March – would ever be on Dancing With the Stars, Ribeiro was quick to reply, “No. Look, you never say never, but I don’t see that ever happening.”

“Will would do it for a TikTok post,” Banks added. “With a special effect. It would be a fun, funky TikTok special effects oddity he would do.”

A picture of Tyra Banks and Alfonso Ribeiro.

When asked if Will Smith would be on “Dancing With the Stars,” Ribeiro said, “No. Listen, you can never say never, but I don’t see that ever happening.”


A photo of Alfonso Ribeiro dancing with a couple in the show.

Alfonso Ribeiro on the dance floor with a couple from “Dancing With the Stars”.


A photo of Tyra Banks.

Dancing With the Stars premieres September 19 on Disney Plus.


Dancing with the Stars, now in its 31st season, has been known for some celebrities marrying their professional dance partners, but right now Ribeiro said, “There’s a spark here,” and pointed at Banks.

“It’s the only spark there is. The only spark it takes.”

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