Will Smith’s ‘Fresh Prince’ reunion episode is a viral hoax

Our adoration for ’90s sitcoms spirals ever higher. 

Mar 2, 2020, 10:48 am*



Miles Klee

Millennials have been ultra-nostalgic for the 1990s lately with the death of actor James Avery, who played Uncle Phil on the sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (and provided the voice of Shredder in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, as fewer people know). Looking to capitalize on this flashpoint of cultural grief, someone sculpted a none-too-convincing Twitter hoax about a reunion episode of Fresh Prince, spearheaded by the show’s lead, Will Smith.

In fact, most of the people who shared the tweet were pointing out that it was fake. The real Will Smith doesn’t even use Twitter; NBC prefers not to conduct business via direct message, however secure it may be; and there’s no such thing as a Fresh Prince episode without Avery’s booming baritone—ridiculous. Still, that’s a lot of traffic for a spam account

The phony conversation led to a far more interesting proposal from @Seinfeld2000, Weird Twitter’s off-kilter, mostly garbled answer to the more conceptually even-keeled @SeinfeldToday. Somehow, this sounds a lot closer to how studio executives talk. Plus, who wouldn’t want to see more of Krame and Garge?

Only 999,000-some-odd retwets to go, you guys.

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*First Published: Jan 2, 2014, 3:52 pm