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Telma Hopkins & Kellie Williams Share Reunion Photos & Videos with 'Family Matters' Co-Stars

Mary Scott
Nov 25, 2019
11:20 A.M.
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Telma Hopkins and Kellie Shanygne Williams recently gave fans of "Family Matters" a treat as they shared photos and videos of what looked like a cast reunion. They also hinted that the group was up to something that will soon be revealed.

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Over two decades have passed since "Family Matters" ceased production. Still, fans of the 90s sitcom will always remember it as one of the longest-running shows with a predominantly African-American cast.

"Family Matters" Cast photo taken on September 16, 1996 | Photo: Getty Images

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Those beloved actors recently got together for a yet-undisclosed project. Hopkins, who played Aunt Rachel, and Williams, who starred as Laura Winslow, took to Instagram to share footage from the memorable event.

"Things were definitely strained in the early going. There’s no sense in hiding that. There was a division between myself and the rest of the cast."

Williams, 43, posted a video featuring herself and Hopkins with co-stars Reginald VelJohnson, Jo Marie Payton, and Darius McCrary. The group huddled close on a couple of stairs, posing for a photoshoot and singing along to Bill Withers' classic hit "Lean on Me."

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"Thank you @krysfranklintv! We had so much fun! @tvonetv" Williams captioned the clip.

Williams also previously shared the snippet of a hilarious interview she sat for alongside Shawn Harrison, who played dimwitted Waldo on the ABC sitcom.

"Do you see what I have to deal with when trying to give a serious answer?" she joked.

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On her part, Hopkins shared a group photo that seems to have been taken from the photoshoot as mentioned earlier and wrote:

"Fun with family and TV1! Tune in Thanksgiving weekend to find out what we're up to... @tvonetv."

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SECOND REUNION?

At the moment, it’s anyone’s guess what the "Family Matters" clan is up to, but it may not be too different from the reunion they had two years ago. Entertainment Weekly brought the talented actors together for a photoshoot in 2017, and the result was remarkable.

"Family Matters" premiered on ABC in September 1989. It followed the lives of the Winslows, an average African-American family dealing with societal issues.

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SHOCKING TWIST

According to Mental Floss, even though the show's storylines were eventually wrapped around Jaleel White's character Steve Urkel, it originated with Payton.

Payton, the lovable and stern matriarch Harriette Winslow, was a recurring cast member on another sitcom "Perfect Strangers" before she was written into the main cast of a new sitcom intended to spotlight an African-American family.

White's character was introduced midway into the first season and was reportedly supposed to appear in one episode. As it turned out, the nerdy mischief-maker became a hit with viewers and eventually became the main character.

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TENSIONS IN THE HOUSE

White, 42, admitted in a 2011 interview that the twist of fate didn’t precisely make the rest of the cast happy:

"Things were definitely strained in the early going. There’s no sense in hiding that. There was a division between myself and the rest of the cast, but over nine years and 215 episodes, obviously relationships get better. I still talk to certain cast members to this day."

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POST-FAMILY MATTERS

If their 2017 reunion is anything to go by, then White was right about the cast of "Family Matters" getting along today. After the show ended its run in 1998 on CBS, cast members went on to appear in several TV, film, and animated projects. Unfortunately, some have passed away.

Michelle Thomas, who played Urkel’s girlfriend Myra Monkhouse, passed away from cancer in 1998, per Social Gazette. She was 30. Rosetta LeNoire, who played the grandma of the house, also died in 2002 from diabetes complications at age 90.

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