Before they had been co-hosts, they had been on-screen love pursuits — that is till Will Smith slapped one in every of them out of the image.
The Post sat down with “Dancing with the Stars” hosts Tyra Banks and Alfonso Ribeiro by way of 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” collectively again in 1993.
“We had been love pursuits for one act,” mentioned Banks, 48, of the sitcom, which was the California native’s first-ever appearing gig.
On the beloved ’90s sequence, Riverdale, Bronx native Ribeiro, 50, performed Will Smith’s character’s cousin, Carlton, and when Banks’ character, Jackie, debuted, “it was Jackie and Carlton and we had been so into one another,” she continued.
“And then she sees Will,” Ribeiro interrupted. “And the brief man will get dissed once more. And it broke my coronary heart somewhat bit.”
“It broke Alfonso’s coronary heart or Carlton’s coronary heart?” Banks requested.
“Both,” Ribeiro replied. “I wished the story to proceed. I wished to have a love curiosity on the present. I wished to be cool.”
Banks additionally revealed that the actor and “Dancing with the Stars” 2014 winner confirmed the supermodel some love off set.
“Is that why you took me to Marie Callender’s and obtained me a pot pie?” she requested Ribeiro.
“Clearly my sport was missing,” he answered. “It was a great pot pie although,” Banks added.
When requested if Smith — who infamously slapped Chris Rock at the Academy Awards in March — would ever be a part of “Dancing With the Stars,” Ribeiro rapidly replied, “No. Listen, you may by no means say by no means, however I don’t see that ever taking place.”
“Will would do it for like a TikTok put up,” Banks added. “With a particular impact. It could be a enjoyable, funky TikTok particular impact bizarre factor that he would do.”
“Dancing with the Stars,” now in its thirty first season, is thought to have some celebrities marry their skilled dance companions, however for proper now, Ribeiro mentioned, “There’s a spark proper right here,” pointing to Banks.
“That’s the solely spark there’s. The solely spark that’s obligatory.”