Fresh Prince's Carlton says revival should never happen

Morgan Jeffery
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From Digital Spy

Now this is a story all about how our hopes were dashed, got shot right down.

Yes, despite rumours circulating for the past few years about a possible Fresh Prince of Bel-Air revival, star Alfonso Ribeiro – who played Carlton – has told Digital Spy that he's against the idea, in the strongest possible terms.

"The odds of a revival? I would say 0.01%," Ribeiro told us. "I can't say it would never happen, but I would say there are a lot of people that would revolt if it did, me being one of them!"

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Ribeiro added that he would be uneasy with the idea of a Fresh Prince remake, and the idea of someone else playing loveable nerd Carlton. His big concern? That any new series would "hurt the original".

"Look, I can't say that I would hate it or love it, because it would be about how well they did it," he explained. "I just have trouble with, 'Something was great; let's try and do it again!' – more than likely, you'll never succeed.

"One, you can never replace James Avery [who played Uncle Phil], so why try? Sometimes, when something is special, why try to recreate it? Just let it be special."

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Avery passed away in 2013, with Ribeiro describing his late co-star as not just an "amazing professional" but also a "great friend" and "a second Dad".

"There was a love I have for that man that could never be replaced," he said. "He was brilliantly funny and he was an incredibly intelligent man and person; well-read. We'd have discussions on topics you probably wouldn't have with your real Dad, but you were able to have those conversations with a father figure.

"There was nothing but love, and he loved us like we were all family. We really did have a family. He was a very special person and will always be missed."

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is on weekdays from 3pm on Comedy Central UK.

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