Hallmark Channel’s “Home & Family” is welcoming some special guests Monday (Feb. 15) when the “Facts of Life” cast reunites nearly 30 years after the sitcom went off the air. All the familiar faces are there — Charlotte Rae, Lisa Whelchel, Kim Fields, Geri Jewell — but there are also a few surprise guests, including George Clooney.

Clooney appeared on “Facts of Life” from 1985 to 1987, his “first regular job on a television series.” In this sneak peek at his video message, Clooney has some kind words for Rae, a.k.a. Mrs. Garrett.

“Charlotte, well listen — I have to say, you were such an incredible force in the early part of my career. In mid-1985 I came on the show, it was my first regular job on a television series and you were funny and kind and you made a very young, not very skilled actor feel very much at home,” says Clooney, going on to tell a story about Rae wandering around the set holding a banana, which made the whole cast and crew crack up.

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“I couldn’t be happier for you, and I couldn’t be more thankful for all the kindness you showed a young, not very bright actor. Congratulations,” he concludes.

Also on the reunion are surprise visits from Todd Bridges, who appeared as his “Diff’rent Strokes” character Willis on “The Facts of Life.” He tells a crazy story about a time a crazy fan punched Fields in the eye because she thought Fields was stealing her “boyfriend,” a.k.a. Bridges. Fields also says that Mindy Cohn and Nancy McKeon will be making an appearance.

“Home & Family” airs weekdays at 10 a.m. ET/PT on Hallmark.

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