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Parsons played Hilary Banks on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Alfonso Ribeiro ( from left), Will Smith and Karyn Parsons on the set of The Fresh. Furthermore, that finesse helped the TV-version of Will Smith score the I think I had read for Karyn Parsons' role [Hilary] and then I read [for the role of Jeff's sister or cousin, and I ended up being the date from hell for Will. 'Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air' star denies he ever dated Jada Pinkett Smith The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: Will Smith, Hugh Hefner, Karyn Parsons.
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They put me on hold, and they came back, "Ding, ding, ding! Believe it or not, I actually continued my shift, but not for long. I was so excited and when a friend of mine came in, I told her what happened. Finally, my boss was like "Get out of here! But he shows up and he's just this cute, floppy, puppy-like guy.
He was just so sweet and such a nice guy. We clicked right away. We all liked each other quickly, really quickly. There was no bad energy anywhere. Excitement at having a new job transitioned quickly into "Oh, I like him, I like her! I like these people. You do the pilot and you are having so much fun and it's so great. Then bye and "Let's hope it gets picked up! I know what you're thinking but I was being practical. I remember being there on Sundays, going over the books, sitting at the bar, and Will and his friends coming to the window and making faces at me.
They would make fun of me. Will was like, "What are you doing here?! Why are you here?! I was keeping my job just in case. But when we got picked up, I was done. Then we came back to do the show for the first season, all that magic was there and more. It wasn't hard to play family with these folks. James was immediately dad.
I loved Tatyana from the moment we met. Alfonso and I became such running buddies.
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We carpooled together, too. When he bought his house, I liked his house, so I bought a house right down the street. I remember James taking us to where he was going to buy his house. Janet running around with tons of energy. It was great from the beginning.
We were always very affectionate with each other. People always hugging up on somebody. The Family We Built I love them so much. Even all these years later. They are just good people, they love me and I love them dearly. I got to see Tatyana recently and I accidentally called her Lana once, who is my daughter, because I have such deep love for her. She's great and Alf is great. When Alf got "Dancing With the Stars," we went and visited him.
Tatyana went more than once, because she lives in L. But me, Joseph Marcell [Geoffrey the Butler] and Tayana went to the show and watched him, cheering him on. When it was announced he was going to be on the show, I knew he was going to win. When he does something, he does it all the way. He commits every inch of himself.
I hope I get to see Will, but if he's working it gets hard.
Whenever I do see Will, I'm always holding on to him, going, "I'm not going to let go of you, cause I don't know when I'm going to see you again. When Daphne's around or Joseph, I see them. If James were here, I'd def see him when I'm back in L. I know them so differently that everybody knows us.
And when James and I lived in the same neighborhood, I used to run into him in the supermarket all the time. I would drop the kids off and go to the store. We both were there one day and I ran into this guy, who just started jumping up and down, freaking out, "Oh my God, I just saw your dad down there! Inthe organization launched with the story of Henry "Box" Brown, a man who shipped himself, in a box, from Virginia to Philadelphia to freedom in the mid's. The cast used to keep a diary on set.
In an interview with ABC News, Karyn Parsons, who played spoiled and air-headed Hilary Banks on the show, let slip that she and her cast-mates had a secret journal they hid on set.
Alfonso Ribeiro, the guy who rocked blazers and jammed out to Tom Jones, admitted the "Friends" star and famous comedian inspired his signature move. The actor also credited Eddie Murphy's "white man dance" from his "Delirious" comedy video as a model for his popular jig. Will Smith used to memorize his cast-mates lines so he wouldn't forget his own. Smith was a relative newcomer to the acting world when he landed the "Fresh Prince" gig, and the rapper felt uncomfortable acting opposite his more-seasoned co-stars.
When I watch those episodes, it's disgusting. My performances were horrible. You better not get fresh with the Fresh Prince. You don't just switch out the matriarch of the Banks family and hope we don't notice, but NBC certainly tried to. Inactress Janet Hubert left the sitcom and was replaced by Daphne Reid who filled in for Aunt Vivian for the remainder of the show.
There's been plenty of speculation as to why Hubert left. Some say it was because she violated a clause in her contract and became pregnant while filmingbut the bigger story was of her strained relationship with co-star Will Smith, who Hubert claims was the real reason she was fired.
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Apparently the two didn't get along while filming, so Hubert was given the boot. Smith for his part says he had nothing to do with Hubert's dismissal from the show, but the actress proved she can hold a pretty long grudge when TMZ caught up with her to talk about reunion plans. He is still an egomaniac and has not grown up. Boyz II Men had a connection to the youngest Banks family member. Boyz II Men gave us songs to help us get through breakups and makeups -- really anything where an emotional ballad might come in handy -- during the '90s but they also gave us something else: The little guy's last four middle names were taken from the group's members after they performed at his Christening ceremony on the show.
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NBC tried to give the "Fresh Prince" the boot after its fourth season. At the end of Season 4, Will and the family visits his hometown and he decides to stay behind with his mom in Philly.
That ending was originally slated to be the wrap-up for the entire show, not just Season 4. NBC was looking to end the "Fresh Prince's" run early, but after canceling the sitcomfans were outraged.
Thanks to what we can assume were thousands of angry letters sent to both Smith and the producers of the show, NBC renewed the series and the "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" continued on for two more seasons.
Jazz and Will were best buds in real life, too! The guy could never catch a break on the show.