Ribeiro tells PEOPLE that he's happy to let Carlton go, and that the show wouldn't be the same without James Avery

By Amanda Michelle Steiner
May 15, 2015 03:15 PM
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Now that a spin-off of Full House is underway, it’s only natural to wonder which much-beloved ’90s sitcom will be next to get the Netflix treatment.

However, don’t bet on a Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reunion.

“I’m ready to let it go,” Alfonso Ribeiro told PEOPLE at the Evening of Dancing with the Stars event at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills on Thursday. “I’m like, go ahead – let Fresh Prince and Carlton go into TV foreverland and let it live there.”

The DWTS alum added that he’s “happy” for the cast of Fuller House, but that Fresh Prince just wouldn’t be the same without James Avery, who died in January 2014 at the age of 68, not long after undergoing open-heart surgery.

Alfonso Ribeiro (as Carlton Banks) on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
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Uncle Phil was “the backbone of the show,” said Ribeiro, 43, who performed a version of The Carlton on his season of DWTS. “As much as, yes, Will [Smith] was the star, James Avery was the core.

“Uncle Phil was the base of that show, so, without him, I don’t really think there is a show.”

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Reporting by ABBY STERN

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