​Fresh Prince Of Bel Air Will Never Get Reboot, Says Hilary

Now this is a story all about how our hopes and dreams got crushed and turned down... for those of you holding out for a Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reunion, don't hold your breath.

Actress Karyn Parsons - who played the divine snob that was Hilary Banks - has opened up about why, despite the many rumours, there will never be a reboot featuring the original cast.

Karyn Parsons on Lorraine. Credit: ITV
Karyn Parsons on Lorraine. Credit: ITV

During an interview on Lorraine, the actress explained that one of the key reasons was the tragic loss of James Avery (who played Uncle Phil). Although even if he was still around, she's not sure it would happen anyway.

"For us, the loss of James Avery changed the whole picture," she said. "I don't think it would have happened anyway but with James gone, it is not possible."

Sadly, Avery passed away back in 2013 at the age of 68 after complications following heart surgery.

Will Smith and James Avery in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Credit: Warner Bros.
Will Smith and James Avery in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Credit: Warner Bros.

Karyn went on to reveal that the remaining cast members are still in touch and remain a tight knit off-screen family.

"Yeah, we were very much like a family and it still feels like a family when we see each other," added Karyn. "It's like picking up where we left off when we see each other."

Host Lorraine Kelly also makes a solid point when she says The Fresh Prince was 'of its time'. It's a show that defined the 90s and while it might've stood the test of time in many respects, perhaps a revisit would hinder its legacy as one of the greatest sitcoms of all time.

Maybe the Banks family wouldn't look so fresh in the social media era.

So yeah, all factors considered, perhaps we can live with the fact that the cast won't be getting back together for a comeback special. However, what we can't deal with is the beloved sitcom's departure from Netflix last year.

Yes, Friends might still be on there if you're at a loose end and fancy a bit of nostalgic viewing. But sometimes all you need after a long, hard day is Carlton's hilarious dance moves, spme searingly 90s fashion choices and even more heartwarming life lessons to take you back to the glory years.

So Netflix, if you're reading this - let's bring the Fresh Prince home.

Featured Image Credit: Warner Bros.

Daisy Phillipson

Daisy is a UK-based freelance journalist with too many opinions. She loves everything film and music-related and has a track record writing for Little White Lies, BWRC, and Film Daily. Contact her at [email protected]

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