Family Matters will go down as one of the most popular sitcoms of the 1990s, with Steve Urkel and the Winslows touching our hearts and cracking us up week after week.
The cast of the iconic series recently reunited for the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, with most of the core group in attendance.
Still, Jaleel White felt it necessary to acknowledge his good friend who passed away long before her time.
In a recent Instagram post, White posted a photo of former co-star Michelle Thomas, who played his on-again, off-again girlfriend, Myra Monkhouse.
“No reunion would be complete without me acknowledging our beloved Michelle Thomas 🙏🏽 This little ray of sunshine gave me some of the best physical comedy moments I’ll ever play on screen.”
He went on, “Michelle’s smile never failed to brighten your day and I will forever miss my bubbly Myra Monkhouse #RIP 😔1968-1998 ❤️ I love you, Michelle.”
Thomas passed away in 1998 from a rare form of cancer.
In addition to acknowledging his former scene partner, the actor revealed how difficult it was for the old crew to get back together.
In the end, however, it was worth it.
“Reunions of any kind can be tricky affairs mainly due to scheduling. Several members of the #FamilyMatters cast no longer reside in the state of California and they traveled quite a ways to share this one special day. And special it was!
“Darius (Eddie) is a fool (lol) Bryton (Not So Little Richie) is more mature than all of us now, Shawn (Waldo) and Kellie (Laura), you still have jokes!”
He also shared that none of them were paid for the reunion, but did it because the fans have been begging for it.
The Me, Myself & I actor also squashed all rumors that the series is set for a Netflix reboot, a la Fuller House.
“To set the record straight, no one from #Netflix has ever contacted any of us to express an interest in doing a reboot. No hard feelings at all but that’s the God’s honest truth and life moves on with more blessings to come.”
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.