Alfonso Ribeiro Says There’s One Reason ‘Fresh Prince’ Reboot Can’t Happen
Alfonso Ribeiro likes the idea of a The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reboot in theory, but knows that it just won’t work out.
The Fresh Prince of Bel–Air ran for six seasons from September 10, 1990 to May 20, 1996. In those six years, we watched Ribeiro evolve on screen as Will Smith’s nerdy prep-school cousin, Carlton Banks. James Avery, who portrayed the patriarch of the family, died in 2014 at the age of 68 years old and although we’d all love for the Banks family to come back together, a show without Avery isn’t likely.
I think it’s impossible with James Avery being gone… Without him, everything that Will and Carlton did would mean nothing – it’s a bunch of kids acting stupid. 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.
All that aside, Alfonso thinks he and Will are just way too old for the show now.
Do we really want to see Will and Carlton in their 40s and 50s? I think people think they want to see that, but I don’t think people really want to see that.
Would you want to see a Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reboot without Uncle Phil?