8 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air’
6. Alfonso Ribeiro Was Fired
While many had issues with Smith’s complete lack acting experience in the beginning of the series, it was actually Alfonso Ribeiro who was fired after the pilot episode aired. NBC executives reportedly didn’t think he was funny and were not impressed by his acting so they decided to ax him. When the rest of the cast and the crew heard the shocking news they immediately lobbied to keep him on because they all really liked him. Ribeiro has stated how grateful he is that everyone worked so hard to get him his job back and said the entire experience of being fired and then brought back was “traumatic.”
5. It Was Cancelled
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was actually lucky it made it to six seasons because NBC actually canceled the series after the fourth season. They wrapped it up by sending Smith’s character back to Philadelphia, and the network believed that it made more sense to keep making money off of re-runs rather than spend money on making new episodes. There was an immediate outcry from fans and from local NBC affiliate channels who had great faith in the show, so after an agreement was made, NBC agreed to bring the series back.