Alfonso Ribeiro Invites ‘DWTS’ Pro Dancers to His House for Thanksgiving

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Dancing with the Stars host Alfonso Ribeiro recently opened up about his sweet Thanksgiving tradition on Jennifer Hudson’s talk show. For years, Ribeiro has been inviting pro dancers from the show to his house for the holiday.


Alfonso Ribeiro Hosts DWTS Pros at Thanksgiving

Ribeiro told Hudson that co-hosting Dancing with the Stars Season 31 with Tyra Banks has “been fantastic.” He said the show is “like a family” and has “welcomed me back into that ballroom with open arms” after his Mirroball win in Season 19.

“The dancers are really true friends of ours now,” Ribeiro shared. “For Thanksgiving, we actually invite all of the dancers to our house for Thanksgiving dinner, because a lot of them are from different places. They might be from Russia, or from South Africa, or Ukraine, or wherever. They’re all from everywhere.”

Ribeiro said that since a lot of the dancers don’t have family in California, “this is your family.” He added that it’s “a blessing to be able to have everybody.”


The former Fresh Prince of Bel Air star previously spoke to Sherri Shepherd about the tradition, sharing that he had to take a break from hosting the dancers due to Covid-19. However, he’s bringing the tradition back this Thanksgiving.

SEE ALSO: ALFONSO RIBEIRO’S BEST DANCES ON ‘DANCING WITH THE STARS’ SEASON 19

Ribeiro Remembers Appearing on Circus of the Stars

During his time on The Jennifer Hudson Show, Ribeiro played a game called “Alfonso or Alfonsno” in which Hudson was challenged to guess if various statements about the star were true or false. The first statement was, “I’ve performed various circus stunts, including walking on a high wire blindfolded.”


Hudson guessed that it was false, but it’s actually true. As Ribeiro explained, he appeared on a show called Circus of the Stars, in which celebrities performed circus acts. He added that he was also “the first person to ever tap dance on a high wire.”

However, if you thought Ribeiro’s statement about showing Janet Jackson dance moves for her “Rhythm Nation” video, you would unfortunately be wrong. That one was a definite “Alfonsno.”

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