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ALFONSO Ribeiro is a A-list celebrity thanks to his iconic role as Carlton Banks in the hit '90s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. He gained further popularity in 2013 with his stint on I'm A Celeb, but he'll now be back on our screens to stand in as Bruno Tonioli's replacement on Strictly Come Dancing. 3 Alfonso Ribeiro has made a name for himself as a comedy actor thanks to his time on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Credit: Getty - Contributor Is Alfonso Ribeiro standing in for Bruno Tonioli as judge on Strictly? The actor will be Bruno's replacement on the hit show as he misses a live show for the third year in a row. On October 11, 2019, The Sun exclusively revealed that Bruno would not be present for the Strictly live show on Saturday, October 19, due to prior work commitments in America on Dancing With The Stars. As a result, Alfonso is once again stepping up and filling in his boots.
While no one stood in for Bruno in 2017, last year's series saw The Fresh Prince of Bel Air actor Alfonso take his seat for a week. The 48-year-old won series 19 of the US version of Strictly, called Dancing With The Stars, and was a big hit with viewers during his guest stint last year. A rep for the BBC confirmed to The Sun Online that the celebs would face "returning guest judge Alfonso Ribeiro" on next Saturday's show, describing the panel as an "awesome foursome". Alfonso joined head judge Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood and new judge Motsi Mabuse on Saturday. Meanwhile, Bruno will jet across the pond to judge on Dancing With The Stars alongside former Strictly head judge, Len Goodman, and Carrie Ann Inaba.
His first child is a daughter named Sienna from his first wife Robin Stapler. Alfonso also has two sons named Alfonso Lincoln and Anders Reyn. However, those two are from his second wife Angela Unkrich whom he married on October 13, 2012. 3 He is still best known for his role as Carlton Banks alongside Will Smith in the iconic sitcom Credit: Getty - Contributor When did he play Carlton in Fresh Prince of Bel-Air? Alfonso's breakout role came as the posh pedantic Carlton Banks in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, the cousin to Will Smith's lead character.
He debuted in the sitcom's premiere in 1990 and appeared in all 148 episodes until the show's season six finale in 1996. The Carlton character earned cult status for frequently dancing to Sir Tom Jones' hit song It's Not Unusual, which eventually spawned its own dance move known as The Carlton. Alfonso brought the move back in a cameo appearance on The Graham Norton Show alongside Will Smith and his son Jaden which has since gone viral and been seen over 67 million times. Alfonso sued Epic Games, the company behind the beloved video game Fortnite, for intellectual property infringement in December 2018. The Fresh Prince star decided to take them to court after they ripped off his famous Carlton dance and used it in their game. Alfonso's lawyer spoke to TMZ, saying: ""It is widely recognised that Mr. Ribeiro's likeness and intellectual property have been misappropriated by Epic Games in the most popular video game currently in the world, Fortnite. "Epic has earned record profits off of downloadable content in the game, including emotes like 'Fresh'. Yet Epic has failed to compensate or even ask permission from Mr. Ribeiro for the use of his likeness and iconic intellectual property." Most Read In TV & Showbiz strip that down Liam Payne & Rebecca Ferguson flirt in awkward interview on The One Show RISE WITH THE SON Hollyoaks' Nadine Mulkerrin forced to pull all nighter feeding newborn Good gill gone bad Love Island's Amber Gill looks worse for wear rapping in deleted video house proud Peter Andre has kids back to his clean home after ex Katie reveals mucky house 'IT'S RAW FOR ME' Love Island's Malin shows battered body to warn about domestic abuse STRIKING DIFFERENCE Ex EastEnders star Sam Strike is unrecognisable from Johnny Carter According to the report, Ribeiro claims he is actually in the middle of attempting to copyright the Carlton dance. He's also not the first personality to sue the Fortnite creators. That's when I really was like... Get the biggest Strictly Come Dancing stories by email Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email Alfonso Ribeiro was a guest judge in this week's Strictly Come Dancing, standing in for Bruno Tonioli. And while some viewers were thrilled to have the legendary Fresh Prince actor on the panel, many criticised him for being too generous with marking. He awarded Mike Bushell and Katya Jones a seven for their Samba, when Craig Revel Horwood had given them a three, Motsi Mabuse a six and Shirley Ballas had given then a five. Alfonso, 48, gave Emma Weymouth and her partner Aljaz Skorjanec a nine for their Viennese Waltz after they were in the bottom two last week. One tweeted: "They need to get Alfonso out of here how is he gonna give Mike a 7 like that lol." "Alfonso scores should be disallowed?? (Image: BBC) from Alfonso. You've let yourself down, you've let your judges down, you've let the whole BBC down!:" "Alfonso so yolo about scoring... he's the anti Craig," another said. One commented: "Alfonso is hilarious can we have him on the judging panel every week please?" "I'm glad everyone's getting the Alfonso extra point," another posted. A third said: "Seriously, Alfonso needs to be on this judging panel every week." With Bruno Tonioli absent from Strictly Come Dancing this week, his seat on the judging panel was filled by Alfonso Ribeiro. Alfonso's a big hit again (Credit: BBC) The former Fresh Prince of Bel Air star is no stranger to the SCD audience, as he covered for Bruno, busy working in America, for Week 5 last year. Bruno's missing from this week's panel (Credit: BBC) The one-time winner of US show Dancing With The Stars proved an instant hit then, and viewers were thrilled to see him return tonight. @alfonso_ribeiro five minutes into the show and I LOVE seeing you again!!!!!! You need to be a judge here full time!! ♥️ #Strictly — DorothyOzma (@OzmaSommers) October 19, 2019 Oh God I LOVE Alfonso, please stay forever ❤️❤️❤️ #strictly — Kat Brown but dressed as Myrtle Snow (@katbrown) October 19, 2019 Another wants Week 5 to be named after and featuring him every year. Petition to officially rename #strictly Week 5 as Alfonso Ribeiro Week whether Bruno's available or not — Sara Jones (@twinni_two) October 19, 2019 Others would like to see him actually replace Bruno. I think I said it last year, but I would love Alfonso to permanently replace Bruno. #Strictly — Jay Tee (@MsJayTeeRattray) October 19, 2019 Read more: Kelvin and Oti admit to tough week Are you a fan of Alfonso? Fresh out of university, and now Writer at Reality Titbit. The last four years of bingeing on RHOA are finally going to pay off. When I'm not watching TV or writing about it, working out, travelling, and being a mum to two dogs fills the rest of my time. It's that time of year again when Strictly Come Dancing is in full flow. Kicking off from Monday, September 7th 2019 a whole host of famous faces swapped their day jobs for a pair of dancing shoes. The judging panel was shaken up in 2019 with Oti Mabuse's sister, Motsi, joining the show. But it looks like the judges have mixed things up again as Bruno Tonioli is nowhere to be seen. Why is he on Strictly Come Dancing? And where has Bruno gone? Who is Alfonso Ribeiro? Alfonso Ribeiro is probably best-known for playing Carlton Banks in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air alongside Will Smith. The 48-year-old comes from The Bronx, New York and is married to social media star and author Angela Unkrich. Alfonso and Angela have three children. He also has a daughter from his first marriage to Robin Stapler. Alfonso is famed for dance in a roundabout way as his character Carlton has a signature dance routine. He also took part in Dancing with the Stars in 2014 and won the show with his partner Witney Carson. SEE ALSO: Strictly Come Dancing: Meet David James' partner Nadiya Bychkova! Why is Alfonso on Strictly Come Dancing? Alfonso stepped in as a judge on October 19th 2019 as regular judge Bruno Tonioli was absent. Bruno couldn't make the show due to a schedule clash and is said to have filming commitments in the USA according to The Sun. The Italian dance judge is set to return to Strictly Come Dancing on October 27th for the Halloween special. Is Alfonso on Instagram? Alfonso is on Instagram with around 800,000 followers (@therealalfonsoribeiro). Alfonso is also on Twitter as @alfonso_ribeiro where he has over 120,000 followers. OMG: Strictly Come Dancing Katya falls over – seven stages of her two tumbles! WATCH STRICTLY COME DANCING SERIES 17 FROM SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 7TH 2019. SUBSCRIBE AND READ THE NEW REALITY TITBIT MAGAZINE HERE