‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’: Janet Hubert, the Original Aunt Viv, Blames Will Smith for Killing Her Career

by Jeremy Spirogis
Will Smith and Janet Hubert

Fresh Prince of Bel-Air followers seen a giant distinction at first of season 4. The actress who performed Aunt Viv, the matriarch of the Banks household, was changed.

Even although the present premiered in 1990, Janet Hubert, who performed the unique Aunt Viv, isn’t over it. She was changed with Daphne Maxwell Reid, who went on to complete the present.

Although Will Smith has mentioned that there’s no feud between himself and Hubert, she sees issues otherwise. Hubert was omitted of a latest Instagram Live Fresh Prince solid reunion, and her absence was famous.

For her half, Hubert by no means passes up the possibility to bash Smith, irrespective of how a lot time has handed since her firing from the present. But Smith isn’t the one solid member who Hubert had an issue with.  

Even Carlton hated the unique Aunt Viv 

Alfonso Ribeiro, the actor who performed Carlton on Fresh Prince, has additionally mentioned some detrimental issues about Hubert. In a stand-up comedy present in 2009, Ribeiro mentioned: “Long story quick, and there have been days once we have been all on the set and he or she would actually go off on individuals they usually received to some extent by the point the second season got here round the place we’re like, ‘This is unacceptable.’ We felt like, once we have been doing The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, that we have been a household…She, at that time, ruined that, and he or she made it very troublesome for us to work, and sadly, she was then fired.” 

Hubert has fired again along with her personal nasty phrases for Ribeiro. When Hubert explains why she was fired, she by no means mentions any unacceptable conduct on her half. There are just a few causes Hubert has given for the rift between her and the remainder of the solid, and one in all them has to do along with her pores and skin colour. 

Did colorism play a job in Aunt Viv’s departure?

Will Smith and Janet Hubert
Will Smith as William ‘Will’ Smith and Janet Hubert as Vivian Banks on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air | Chris Cuffaio/NBCU Photo Bank

Colorism, or the discrimination of individuals with darker pores and skin tones, is a major problem. Maxwell Reid, the actress who performed the second Aunt Viv, does have a lighter pores and skin tone than Hubert. Plus, Hubert claims that she took offense to colorist jokes that Smith would inform to the viewers earlier than the present filmed.

As Hubert places it: “I was a dark-skinned, African-American mother, and Will used to tell the you’re-so-black jokes to the audience before the show.” She went on to say that Smith “didn’t understand how unbelievably disrespectful that was to women like me.”

It may very well be that points with Smith’s insensitive jokes led to clashes like Ribeiro described, however Hubert has given a minimum of one different cause for why she was let go. She claims that she requested for a elevate, and was denied.

Hubert hoped that Smith would rise up for her, however he didn’t. Her many conflicting accounts of why she was let go have sadly solely given credence to different solid members’ claims that Hubert was unstable. 

Janet Hubert blames Will Smith for ruining her 20-year profession 

Whatever the actual cause for her firing, Hubert claims that getting kicked off Fresh Prince ended her profession. She blames Smith and Ribeiro solely.

In a Huffington Post interview, Hubert mentioned: “My departure was deliberate for a very long time… There won’t ever be a reunion of the Fresh Prince. Will Smith and Alfonso destroyed a 20-year-career with untruths.” 

It’s true that she hasn’t been in a success as huge as Fresh Prince since ending her run on the present, her profession is hardly ruined. Hubert has had a gentle movement of labor, together with some standard Soap Operas, and some lesser-known TV reveals and films. But followers haven’t forgotten the primary Aunt Viv. When she was absent from Smith’s Instagram Live reunion, a variety of followers missed her. 

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