Alfonso Ribeiro is a regular in the ballroom for the 31stSt season of “Dance with the Stars,” but he is anything but a newcomer. The actor and ‘DWTS’ season 19 champion has maintained close ties with the cast since winning the Mirrorball trophy in 2014.
In July 2022, Ribeiro has been announced as the new “DWTS” co-host alongside Tyra Banks, who previously hosted two seasons solo after veteran host Tom Bergeron was released from the show in 2020. For season 31, the former Fresh Prince of Bel-Air actor interviews the contestants and their pro partners in the skybox.
Banks was a newcomer to the show, but Ribeiro has been a friend of “Dancing With the Stars” for eight years — and he’s even started a tradition with some of the pro dancers.
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Alfonso Ribeiro revealed he’s been inviting “DWTS” pro dancers to his house for Thanksgiving for years
On September 30, 2022, Ribeiro was a guest on Sherri Shepherd’s daytime talk show. “Sheri.” After Shepherd, who was also a contestant on “DWTS” in 2012, asked Ribeiro how it felt to be back in the ballroom, he replied, “I love it!”
But the veteran TV host then noted that he never quite “went out” because he remained close friends with many of the dancers.
“I absolutely love being back in the ballroom,” Ribeiro told Shepherd. “I kind of never went away. I didn’t go to the ballroom, I brought her to my house.”
“Thanksgiving at my house is with all the dancers who don’t have a place to go on Thanksgiving,” he continued. “So if they’re from England or Australia or whatever and they don’t go home, they come to my house.”
The America’s Funniest Home Videos host added that he was continuing the Thanksgiving tradition of an oversized guest list until COVID hit in 2020, but added, “But we’re going back this year, we’ve got everyone at my house for Thanksgiving.” ! ”
Ribeiro has spoken about his Thanksgiving traditions in the past
Ribeiro previously opened up about his Thanksgiving traditions in a 2018 interview with Foodside. At the time, he admitted that he and his wife Angela tend to “overcook” on Thanksgiving because they love to “stuff” their guests. He also dished on his “DWTS” tradition.
“We always unload the dancers ‘Dancing with the Stars to our house,” he said. “We especially love that the foreign cast members experience a real American Thanksgiving.”
In 2021, Ribeiro changed things up a bit. he shared an Instagram post to tease that he spent Thanksgiving with “DWTS” season 28 contestant James Van Der Beek and his family at Van Der Beek’s house.
“Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving,” Ribeiro captioned a series of photos from the day. “A big thank you to [James and Kimberly Van Der Beek] for hosting us. It was a great day.”
This year, the fall season of Dancing With The Stars typically runs through Thanksgiving week, meaning the pro dancer-guests will have plenty to talk about at Ribeiro’s dinner table as they gather.
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