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Alfonso Ribeiro has been one two-step ahead of his Dancing With the Stars competition this season and that’s largely because he embraced his roots as Carlton from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

To show their support for his current winning streak, various members of the cast of Fresh Prince showed up on the set. US Weekly caught up with Ribeiro about his experience and he simply called it a family get-together.

Ribeiro, 43, was supported on the latest episode of the reality dancing competition show by his on-screen siblings Karyn Parsons (Hilary Banks) and Tatyana Ali (Ashley Banks). Joining the trio to keep them in place was their costar Joseph Marcell, who memorably played the Banks family’s beloved British butler, Geoffrey.

Ribeiro, who rose to fame on the ’90s sitcom as the stuffy, cardigan-wearing character Carlton, told Us Weekly it was “really cool” to have his longtime friends there to watch him perform Monday night. “Joe’s [in] all the way from England,” he told Us. “Just having [all of] them here was wonderful. They’re family to me. They’ll always be family.”

Ribeiro previously told Us that he and his former costars have remained close after the smash NBC sitcom ended in 1996. “My wife [Angela Unkrich] and Tati [Ali] are friends,” he told Us, adding that his currently-pregnant spouse was also pals with Parsons.

As for the show’s megastar Will Smith? “Will and I talk and we all get together,” Ribeiro told Us. “We all have such love for each other. Will actually rapped a birthday wish to [my wife] while we were all in Trinidad at Carnival for her birthday! He flew into Trinidad and hung out with us and we had a party and he got up and did a birthday rap for her. That’s the kind of stuff we do for each other and it’s just love — and that love is forever.”

Despite the mini-reunion, Ribeiro told US Weekly television reunion will likely never manifest due to the passing of James Avery.

At least the show is remembered for more positive aspects unlike some other TV series.

Photo: US Weekly

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