Back When Will Smith and Cast Paid Tribute to Uncle Phil to Kick Start the the ‘Fresh Prince of Bel Air’ Reunion

Back When Will Smith and Cast Paid Tribute to Uncle Phil to Kick Start the the ‘Fresh Prince of Bel Air’ Reunion

Reunions are always special, whether it’s your old school buddies or fellow workers with whom you have spent a lot of time in the past. And it becomes more heartwarming when the cast members of a beloved show sit down together after years to celebrate their memories. Full of nostalgia, warm feelings, and clip reels that highlight the moments they once lived on-screen. The gathering of the fan-favorite cast of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was something similar and we certainly cannot forget. Remember how Will Smith and his costars honored the memory of Uncle Phil to fill his absence on the reunion day?

Back in 2020, Will Smith reunited with his The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air gang who starred together in the acclaimed sitcom. This virtual gathering included his on-screen cousins Alfonso Ribeiro, Tatyana Ali, Karyn Parsons, and other castmates who were featured in the 90s show. The only person who missed this get-together was James Avery, who died in 2013 due to surgery complications.

The American actor was famous for playing the role of Philip Banks in the NBC series. To fill up his absence, the actors decided to pay him a tribute by remembering his amazing contribution to the show.

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The Oscar winner played some clips that featured special scenes of Avery as Uncle Phil. The session instantly turned from funny to emotional as everyone missed their former co-star. “That just makes me teary. The first couple of times I’m seeing clips of James, you know,” said Smith with teary eyes.

Two years after the reunion marked the time when the Fresh Prince graced our screens once again, but this time, it wasn’t Will Smith who led the show.

Jabari Banks is playing Will Smith in the spinoff of Bel-Air 

In the newly released reimagined world of Bel-Air, Jabari Banks has taken the fictionalized version of Smith. The 24-year-old actor has always been a big fan of this comedy sitcom as he told PEOPLE last month. The storyline of the latest season has a familiar theme to the original show where the protagonist moved from West Philadelphia to Bel-Air to live with his rich relatives.

Other actors who have joined the ride include Adrian Holmes, Olly Sholotan, Cassandra Freeman, Akira Akbar, Coco Jones, Jordan L. Jones, Jimmy Akingbola, and Simon Joy Jones.

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Have you watched season 2 of the new spinoff? Bel-Air premiered on Peacock on February 23, 2023.

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