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.”
“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.
“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.”
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.”
https://nypost.com/2022/09/17/tyra-banks-alfonso-ribeiro-rekindling-old-flame-that-will-smith-put-out/ Tyra Banks, Alfonso Ribeiro rekindle the old flame that Will Smith snuffed out