We all wish we could relive the days of Fresh Prince Of BelAir. Since we are in this era of reboots you’d think we might get the chance to see a “Fresh Prince” reboot, but Alfonso Ribeiro says it would be “impossible.”
People Magazine had the chance to chat with Ribeiro, who played #CarltonBanks on the show, and they discussed the possibility of “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” coming back to life. Unfortunately, Ribeiro revealed it most likely won’t happen. “I think it’s impossible with #JamesAvery being gone,” he said, referencing the actor who played #WillSmith‘s “Uncle Phil” on the 90’s sitcom. Avery passed away after having open-heart surgery on Dec. 31, 2013.
Ribeiro added that fans also may not want to see an aged cast. “Do we really want to see Will and Carlton in their 40s and 50s?” continued Ribeiro, 47. “I think people think they want to see that, but I don’t think people really want to see that.” He then referenced Avery again, calling him the most important character on the show.”
“Without him, everything that Will and Carlton did would mean nothing — it’s a bunch of kids acting stupid,” he said. “There had to be jeopardy, and the way Uncle Phil was going to handle it was the other side of making what Will and Carlton did work. Without him, there is no The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. I’m sure a [reboot] could happen, but I continue to say I think it’s very unlikely.” When it comes to Smith coming back to show, Ribeiro, says no one has a big enough check.
“Will ain’t coming back! Listen, you know how much money they don’t have to get Will back?” Ribeiro said with a laugh. “That’s the reality.” Fresh Prince told the story of a troubled Philly teen who is shipped off to live his affluent family in LA. The comedy sitcom aired from 1990 to 1996 and had six seasons.