Before they were co-hosts, they were on-screen love interests – until Will Smith slapped one of them with the picture.
The Post sat down with “Dancing with the Stars” hosts Tyra Banks and Alfonso Ribeiro via Zoom on Friday, ahead of the show’s season premiere on Disney+ on Monday — and the pair shared a show on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” Reminisced about acting together. in 1993.
“We were a love interest for an act,” said Banks, 48, of the sitcom, which was the California native’s first acting gig.
In 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 into each other,” she continued.
“And then she sees Will,” Ribeiro interrupted. “And the little man disbands again. And it broke my heart a little.”
“Did it break Alfonso’s or Carlton’s heart?” Banks asked.
“Both,” replied Ribeiro. “I wanted the story to continue. I wanted to have a love interest in the show. I wanted to be cool.”
Banks also revealed that the actor and winner of “Dancing With the Stars” 2014 showed the supermodel some love off set.
“Is that why you took me to Marie Callender and I got a pot pie?” he asked Ribeiro.
“Obviously my game was lacking,” he replied. “Although it was a good pot pie,” Banks said.
When asked whether 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 never Can say, but I never see this happening.”
“It’ll do like a TikTok post,” Banks said. “With a special effect. It would be a fun, funky TikTok special effect weird thing he would do.”
“Dancing with the Stars”, now in its 31st season, is known for some celebrities marrying their professional dance partners, but for now, Ribeiro said, “there’s a spark here,” pointing to Banks. doing.
“That is the only spark. The only spark that is needed.”