Photo Credit: Courtesy Will Smith/facebook.com
Superstar Will Smith went back to his TV roots over the holidays when he reunited with his former family: the cast of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air! Smith, 43, joined four actors from the '90s sitcom at a charity event this December, and shared the above photo on his Facebook page.
"Got the Holiday season started right with a "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" reunion...there's nothin' like spending Holidays with fam!" wrote the actor, who starred on the NBC series from 1990-1996.
The rare get-together took place at a charity event for Sweet Blackberry, an educational non-profit founded by Karyn Parsons (who played Will's spoiled cousin Hilary Banks on Fresh Prince). She and Smith were joined by Alfonso Ribeiro (snobby cousin Carlton), James Avery (no-nonsense Uncle Phil) and Tatyana Ali (sweet cousin Ashley).
"God! The best lunch ever w [tech guru Blake Ross] & the entire Fresh Prince cast @Karyn_Parsons at the @sweetblackberry FP reunion luncheon! Pics 2 come," Ali, 32, tweeted after the event.
It was not, however, the entire cast. British actor Joseph Marcell, who played butler Geoffrey, was absent, as were Janet Hubert and Daphne Reid, each of whom played Will's Aunt Vivian for three seasons. Hubert's absence is the least surprising, since she left the show on bad terms and trashed Smith in her 2009 tell-all memoir, blaming him for her firing.
Apparently, time hasn't healed all wounds as Hubert told TMZ on Dec. 27, "There will never be a reunion...as I will never do anything with an a**hole like Will Smith." Hubert's venting continued: "He is still an egomaniac and has not grown up. This constant reunion thing will never ever happen in my lifetime unless there is an apology, which he doesn't know the word." Point taken!
It sounds like the old friends had a blast together nonetheless. As for the star of the gang, he'll be appearing in the upcoming Men in Black III, the trailer for which just hit theaters. Watch below!