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Will Smith And The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air Cast Will Reunite For TV Special

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Will Smith And The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air Cast Will Reunite For TV Special

Will Smith and the cast of hit '90s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel Air will reunite for a TV special next month.

According to Entertainment Tonight, Smith will join his co-stars Tatyana Ali (Ashley Banks), Karyn Parsons (Hilary Banks), Joseph Marcell (Geoffrey Butler), Daphne Maxwell Reid (Vivian Banks) and Alfonso Ribeiro (Carlton Banks).

The reunion is being organised by HBO Max to coincide with the show's 30th anniversary.

Credit: Warner Bros.
Credit: Warner Bros.
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In addition to the Banks family cast members, there will also be an appearance from DJ Jazzy Jeff and some 'surprise' other guests.

It will be filmed later this month and is expected to debut on American televisions around Thanksgiving - plain ol' 26 November for the rest of us.

During lockdown in the US, nearly all the cast members got together for a virtual reunion. Things got very emotional when the cast paid tribute to James Avery (the actor behind the show's patriarch Uncle Phil), who died in 2013 from complications associated with open heart surgery.

During the video call, Will said to his castmates: "That just makes me teary. The first couple times that I'm seeing clips of James, you know?"

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He added that the reason why he got so emotional was because he is still connected with the cast that he spent nearly six years with.

"You guys are my second family. I've been shaped by my interactions and relationships," he said.

"When I look back, the best times in my life will have been on that set."

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There has been talk of a Fresh Prince reunion for years and it seems like the time is finally right.

Karyn Parsons was asked three years ago whether the cast wanted to get together for a chat about the show and she admitted it was too soon since Avery's death.

"[Talks of a reunion] came up but it doesn't feel like it at the moment, but never say never," she told MailOnline.

"But it feels like an impossibility since James Avery died. I don't know how we would do it without him. It definitely affects the entire dynamic of the group.

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"You take things for granted when he's there but then you realise he's gone and you miss him and his energy and the way he used to drive things on.

"He affects all of us as a group and the way we interact. We miss him so much. He was such a wonderful man and important part of our lives that when we're altogether, it feels like something is missing."

Hopefully they'll be able to honour him in their own way when the reunion special premieres later this year on HBO Max.

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Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film

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