‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’: Janet Hubert Reveals Will Smith Never Fired Her, Says She Was ‘Trapped’

by Jeremy Spirogis
Will Smith and Janet Hubert

Janet Hubert and Will Smith’s feud had develop into a staple in Fresh Prince of Bel-Air folklore. It defined why hastily Aunt Viv regarded fairly totally different in season four of The Fresh Prince. But by no means earlier than have Smith and Hubert sat down and aired out their variations to 1 one other. Last evening, the HBO Max reunion modified all that.

Will Smith and Janet Hubert
Will Smith and Janet Hubert | Chris Cuffaio/NBCU Photo Bank

Rumors about what occurred

Hubert has made it very clear over time that she hasn’t been a fan of Smith’s for some time. In 2011, when there have been rumors of a forged reunion, Hubert made her emotions identified.

“There will never be a reunion … as I will never do anything with an a—— like Will Smith,” she instructed TMZ. “He is still an egomaniac and has not grown up. This constant reunion thing will never ever happen in my lifetime unless there is an apology, which he doesn’t know the word.”

Smith has overtly credited her departure to Hubert eager to be the star of the present.

What truly led to Janet Hubert’s exit?

When Smith determined to do a reunion particular with HBO Max, he wished to carry Hubert on to say her piece.

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“We by no means publicly speak about Janet and what occurred, and for me, it felt like I couldn’t have fun 30 years of Fresh Prince with out discovering a strategy to have fun Janet,” Smith stated to former costars Tatyana Ali, Karyn Parsons, Joseph Marcell, Daphne Maxwell Reid, and Alfonso Ribeiro. “So she agreed to sit down and have a conversation with me, and Janet and I saw one another for the first time in 27 years yesterday.”

While chatting with Hubert, Smith revealed that he didn’t truly know what occurred from her viewpoint.

“I know, you have no idea. It was insane,” she stated.

“They offered me this really bad deal in the third season,” Hubert continued. “They said, ‘You’ve got two months and two weeks of work and you cannot work anywhere else. So that meant my salary was cut. I had a new baby and a husband who was out of work, so I said no. I did not accept their offer.”

Hubert made positive to close down the rumors that she was fired.

“I was never fired, but the misconception was always put out there,” she stated. “I was trapped — what could I do? They said, ‘Okay, then we’re going to recast your role,’ and I said, ‘What can I say?’ I was hurt, deeply.”

Janet Hubert’s dwelling life influenced her work

Hubert did admit that it wasn’t simply Smith and what was happening at work that made her sad. She was going by a really tough time in her life and an unfulfilling marriage.

“When I left the show, I had this new baby and no one,” she instructed Smith. “Family disowned me, Hollywood disowned me, my family said you’ve ruined our name and I wasn’t unprofessional on the set. I just stopped talking to everybody because I didn’t know who to trust, I had been banished. They said it was you who banished me. Because you were Will, you were a kid. It was hard.”

Hubert and Smith sitting right down to hash out their grievances was one thing that many Fresh Prince of Bel-Air followers thought would by no means occur. In the top, Smith thanked Hubert for sharing her expertise and he apologized.

“The person I want to be is someone who protects you, not someone that unleashes dogs on you,” he stated.

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