LOS ANGELES - 1996 actor Will Smith poses for a portrait in  Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry Langdon/Getty Images)
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The Real Reason
The Fresh Prince
Of Bel-Air Ended
Years ago, back before his infamous Oscars slap and legendary movie run in the 1990s and early 2000s, Will Smith was simply known as the guy from "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air." However, Smith decided to end the popular ‘90s sitcom after getting career advice from a legendary actor.
According to Will Smith's memoir, he reportedly decided to end "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" after Season 6 because of a conversation he had with John Amos, who warned Smith about Hollywood's cruel ways of dealing with TV stars. Amos — who was fired from "Good Times" and killed off due to a dispute with the show's writers — used his own life as an example.
According to Smith, seeing and hearing about Amos' falling out with the "Good Times" showrunners is something that still sticks with him to this day. Smith wrote in his memoir, "The whole s*** was undignified. I even sensed John's pain, that maybe he had failed his TV family." Smith, however, returned to the franchise as an executive producer of the spinoff "Bel-Air".