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Alfonso Ribeiro Opens up About Why Will Smith’s Friendship Means Way More Than Him Offering Movie Roles + Learning Dance Moves Through Mimicking Famous Dancers & Bombing The National Anthem at Yankee Stadium at the Age of 12

Alright come clean, you’ve attempted ‘the Carlton’ dance time and time again and failed miserably. More than just Carlton on “The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air,” Alfonso Ribeiro‘s shining personality and quick-witted sense of humor.

Joining Sway in the Morning with a smile on his face Ribeiro speaks on mimicking Michael Jackson’s dance moves as he watched him on TV. The same went for memorizing lies on Fresh Prince as his photographic memory went to work. Speaking on his knowledge of how he learned, Ribeiro opens up about training for “Dancing With The Stars” by asking his parter to simply show him the move, not doing it with him.

Opening up about being on tap dance kid, Ribiero tells the story of absolutely bombing his performance of the National Anthem at Yankee Stadium in front of 40,000 people. Arriving late and not getting the chance to practice he froze up when he heard the echo of his voice in the stadium. Although it wasn’t pretty he remembers finishing it out and getting a pat on the back from Dave Winfield.

With the Fresh Prince being such an instrumental part of his career, Ribeiro opens up about his long lasting friendship with Will Smith. When asked if Smith ever calls him up for movie parts Ribeiro answers with passion saying that Smith does not owe him anything. His platform helped Ribeiro out long after the show was finished and Smith’s friendship means the world to him, more than any movie role ever would.

Catch the full interview above and make sure to tune into ABC every Sunday night to see Ribeiro hosting “America’s Funniest Home Videos.”


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