The Fresh Prince—also known as—Will Smith met the late King of pop, Michael Jackson for the first and only time after being stuffed into a closet because of Death Row Records co-founder Suge Knight at the BET Awards (it’s currently unclear which year the event took place).
Before presenting his award, Will Smith saw Michael Jackson across the room and was on his way to approach him when an outburst happened because Suge Knight arrived. Will was put into a utility closet as people were scrambling to hide from the Death Row co-founder.
“I’m standing there and I got my head up against the door and I’m listening to people running and I’m hearing screaming and stuff, and I’m like ‘yo, this is crazy, Suge is a lunatic,” Will then Jokes and says “Suge still in jail, right? Make sure Suge’s still in jail if I’m going to tell this story.”
“Then all of a sudden, it starts to quiet. Then I hear ‘hey’,” Will Smith says in his best high-pitched Michael Jackson impression. “And I’m like ‘oh shit!’ Then I turn around and Michael Jackson is behind me in the closet. I was like ‘Oh! Mike?’” When Will Smith told Michael Jackson what the commotion is about
The King of Pop says “Suge’s always trippin’, All that success and he can’t figure out how to be happy”
The two oddly talked about comic books in their brief encounter but Will regrets not asking the questions like “What’s the glove made of? What’s your brother Tito like? Can you Moonwalk forward? Is Annie OK?”
“That was the only time I ever met Michael Jackson,” Will Smith said. “I guess I got Suge Knight to thank for it.”
Will smith details meeting Michael Jackson during a story time video on his popular YouTube page. Watch below.