Tyra Banks, Alfonso Ribeiro rekindling old flame that Will Smith put out


Before they were co-hosts, they were on-screen love interests — that is until Will Smith slapped one of them out of the picture.

The Post sat down with “Dancing with the Stars” hosts Tyra Banks and Alfonso Ribeiro via Zoom on Friday prior to the show’s season premiere on Disney+ on Monday — and the pair reminisced about starring on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” together back in 1993.

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

On the beloved ’90s series, Riverdale, Bronx native Ribeiro, 50, played Will Smith’s character’s cousin, Carlton, and when Banks’ character, Jackie, debuted, “it was Jackie and Carlton and we were so into each other,” she continued.

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

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

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

Banks also revealed that the actor and “Dancing with the Stars” 2014 winner showed the supermodel some love offset.

A promo picture of Will Smith, Alfonso Ribeiro, and Tyra Banks for “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”
Will Smith, Tyra Banks and Alfonso Ribeiro posing for a promo picture 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.

“Clearly my game was lacking,” he answered. “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 join “Dancing With the Stars,” Ribeiro quickly replied, “No. Listen, you can never say never, but I don’t see that ever happening.”

“Will would do it for like a TikTok post,” Banks added. “With a special effect. It would be a fun, funky TikTok special effect weird thing that he would do.”

A picture of Tyra Banks and Alfonso Ribeiro.
When asked if Will Smith would join “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 pair on the show.
Alfonso Ribeiro on the dance floor with a pair from “Dancing With the Stars.”

A photo of Tyra Banks.
“Dancing With the Stars” is set to premiere on Disney Plus on Sept. 19.

“Dancing with the Stars,” now in its 31st season, is known to have some celebrities marry their professional dance partners for right now. Ribeiro said, “There’s a spark right here,” pointing to Banks.

“That’s the only spark there is. The only spark that’s necessary.”



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