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Alfonso Ribeiro reveals why he won't read Will Smith's memoir

“The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” star Alfonso Ribeiro reveals why he doesn’t think he’ll read his former co-star Will Smith’s memoir.

The 50-year-old actor – who starred with the actor in classic sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” – commended his friend for “laying it out there” with the book but admitted he doesn’t really feel the need to read it himself.

He told Extra: “For many, many, many years, people speculated about them as a family. They are laying it out there in a way that is their truth.

“I don’t know if I’ll read the book because I know the people.”

The pair appeared as Carlton Banks (Alfonso) and Will Smith (using his real name) in the beloved comedy, which ran for six seasons from 1990 to 1996.

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The cast reunited last year for a special on HBO Max, and Ribeiro recalled his process coming up with his iconic Carlton dance.

He explained: “The first time, all it said in the script was ‘Carlton dances’ and I needed to figure out how this character would dance.

“What would be the actual move that hit it perfect?”

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Will admitted at the time that he “never could do the Carlton dance”, adding: “I never was able to get it.”

However, it came together during the show’s final scenes as the two characters danced together.

He said: “That final moment, doing it together — that was like Will finally making the full acceptance of Carlton. We are in sync and as one.”

Meanwhile, Alfonso won’t be reading the memoir, but “Will” features a lot of deep, personal confessions, including Smith revealing how he developed a “psychosomatic reaction” to having an orgasm after having his heart broken by his first serious girlfriend when he was 16, a “beautiful” girl named Melanie who was unfaithful to him while he was away on tour.

Will – who has 29-year-old son Trey from a previous relationship and Jaden, 23, and Willow, 21, with wife Jada Pinkett Smith – responded to the end of his relationship by pursuing “rampant sexual intercourse”, but it only left him feeling more troubled.

He wrote: “Up until this point in my life, I had only had sex with one woman other than Melanie, but over the next few months, I went full ghetto hyena.

“I had sex with so many women, and it was so constitutionally disagreeable to the core of my being, that I developed a psychosomatic reaction to having an orgasm. It would literally make me gag and sometimes even vomit.”

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