‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ Star Janet Hubert Shares Emotional Turmoil That Led to Leaving Aunt Viv Role

by Jeremy Spirogis
Janet Hubert in Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reunion particular on HBO Max will characteristic the long-awaited reunion between Will Smith and Janet Hubert. Hubert performed Aunt Vivian on the sitcom, however left the present in its third season. Daphne Reid performed Aunt Viv for the remainder of the collection.

Janet Hubert in Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Janet Hubert | Chris Cuffaio/NBCU Photo Bank

Showbiz Cheat Sheet noticed an early screener of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reunion. We’ll have extra tales from the solid’s dialog, however first a preview of Hubert’s revelations earlier than the particular premieres Nov. 19.

Janet Hubert was going by private turmoil throughout ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’

Hubert says that her aspect of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air story by no means got here out. She reveals within the reunion particular that she was having marital issues whereas pregnant in the course of the third season.

“Something I would like to clarify is during that third season when I got pregnant, there was a lot of things going on in my life and in Will’s life as well,” Hubert mentioned. “There was some friction because I was pregnant. Home life was not good at all. I was no longer laughing, smiling, joking because there were things that were going on that nobody knew about. The cast had no idea what was going on.”

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Janet Hubert and James Avery | Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank

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Hubert acknowledged that she saved her private struggles non-public from her Fresh Prince of Bel-Air castmates.

“What you didn’t realize either was I was going through a lot at home,” Hubert informed Smith. “You didn’t know. Very abusive marriage.”

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Hubert was relying on work for some stability throughout this troublesome time. It made her place much more troublesome to proceed working when The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air set new phrases.

They supplied me this actually unhealthy deal within the third season. They mentioned, ‘You’ve acquired two months and two weeks of labor and you can’t work anyplace else.’ So that meant my wage was lower. I had a brand new child and a husband who was out of labor. So I mentioned no. I didn’t settle for their provide. I used to be by no means fired. So the misunderstanding was at all times put on the market. I used to be trapped. What may I do? So they mentioned, ‘Okay, then we’re going to recast your position.’ And I mentioned, ‘What can I say?’ I used to be harm deeply, deeply.

Janet Hubert, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reunion on HBO Max

Things acquired worse for Janet Hubert after the present 

Hubert mentioned leaving The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air solely precipitated extra private turmoil.

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L-R: James Avery and Will Smith | Alice S. Hall/NBCU Photo Bank

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“When I left the show, I had this new baby and no one,” Hubert informed 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 because I’d been banished. They said it was you who banished me because you were Will. You were a kid. It was hard.”

Smith apologizes to Hubert throughout their dialog.

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