Alfonso Ribeiro and Tyra Banks reunite to host ‘DWTS’, ‘Fresh Prince’ fans joke about their missed opportunity on Romance

Alfonso Ribeiro and Tyra Banks meet again on the small screen.

On July 14, it was announced that both Ribeiro and Banks would serve as co-hosts for the 31st season of the popular competition show, Dancing With the Stars.

Tyra Banks shares a photo with Alfonso Riberio from Fresh Prince of Bel-air. Photo: @tyrabanks/Instagram

The former supermodel has been hosting the show since 2020. Ribeiro is no stranger to hosting gigs as he is currently the host of “America’s Funniest Videos”. He is also very familiar with the ballroom. In 2014, the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air actor and his dance partner Witney Carson not only competed on the show, but also won the coveted Mirror Ball trophy.

“Dancing with the Stars has been such an important part of my life for so many years and I’m thrilled to officially rejoin this close-knit family as a co-host,” Ribeiro said in a statement. “Tyra and I have a longstanding friendship that I hope will resonate with all fans at home as we launch this new season on Disney+.”

An equally excited Banks also released a statement gushing about her new co-host. “I’ve known Alfonso since I was 19 and he always puts a smile on my face when I see him,” Banks said. “Having such a fun-loving, longtime friend as a co-host warms my heart. Plus, he’s won the competition before, so he knows exactly what the stars go through. Joking back and forth live with him will be so much fun!”

On social media, Banks shared a video of himself and Ribeiro announcing their co-host news with a similar caption. “So excited to finally reveal this! I’m reuniting with a very special person I worked with when I was just 19! Can’t wait to live stream and have a blast with him,” she wrote.

The last time the America’s Next Top Model host and Ribeiro shared the screen was more than two decades ago on Season 4 of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Banks played Jackie Ames, a childhood friend and former friend of Will’s from Philadelphia who moves to Los Angeles to attend college. While her past was with Will, Carlton, played by Ribeiro, couldn’t help but swoon over her. Though the Tom Jones fan didn’t end up with Jackie in the end. However, fans of the hit ’90s show think that having Banks and Ribeiro perform together is a small salvation for their fictional characters.

“Carlton finally gets his chance with Jackie again without Will interfering. If you know, you know,” one person wrote.

“Carlton is still trying to get Jackie,” a second person jokingly wrote.

“They’ll definitely let him do the Carlton dance in the first episode. I know this man is sick of this shit,” commented another person.

“I mean, Carlton likes to dance.”

“Carlton in a dance show! Suddenly life makes sense again…” commented a third fan.

Last May, Ribeiro revealed he doesn’t enjoy being asked to dance on a whim, although fans still rave about his signature Carlton dance. “I mean, I usually get asked to do the dance almost every day of my life when I go outside. Whenever I go anywhere, I just happen to hear people, ‘Dance,'” Ribeiro told late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel. He also shared that he had reservations about disappointing a fan hoping he would please them with the dance.

“You say, ‘I’m not dancing for you. I’m a black man who won’t dance for you. That’s not going to happen,'” he said. Alfonso Ribeiro and Tyra Banks reunite to host ‘DWTS’, ‘Fresh Prince’ fans joke about their missed opportunity on Romance

Dustin Huang

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