Kadeem Hardison ‘Was Not Happy’ About Lisa Bonet’s Ousting From ‘A Different World’

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Sitcoms from the ‘80s and ‘90s are resurfacing and strangely, 2020 is exposing backstories for some of the era’s most beloved exhibits. While The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air sparked dialog about that reunion with OG Aunt Viv, Kadeem Hardison has been talking about A Different World.

Hardison starred alongside Lisa Bonet within the sequence, which was a derivative of The Cosby Show. Bonet’s departure was shocking and complicated for a lot of, and Hardison lately shared what he actually thought of her leaving the present.

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‘A Different World’ with Kadeem Hardison as Dwayne Wayne, Lisa Bonet as Denise Huxtable | Bob Gersny/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank/Getty Images

When did Lisa Bonet depart ‘A Different World’?

When Bonet’s character Denise Huxtable left Brooklyn to move to school at Hillman, she launched viewers to the fictional HBCU and a slew of recent faces. In the present, Hardison’s Dwayne Wayne shortly developed a crush on Denise.

Fans cherished watching her journey and loved the hip vibe imbued within the present with the remainder of the solid. Season 1 noticed Denise make buddies with Marisa Tomei’s Maggie, Cree Summer’s Freddie, and Dawnn Lewis’ Jaleesa. And she had a nice-nasty relationship with Jasmine Guy’s Whitley.

Season 1 dropped in 1987 and by season 2, Bonet stopped showing in episodes. Off digicam, the actor fell in love with rocker Lenny Kravitz and the 2 have been anticipating. Bonet’s time on A Different World got here to finish.

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Hardison didn’t like how Bonet’s exit went down

Hardison spent all six seasons on A Different World the place his character went from crushing on Denise Huxtable to marrying Whitley Gilbert.

During an look on Hip Hop Uncensored, Hardison touched on how the present modified its really feel between season 1 and season 2, HBCUs, and Bonet’s exit. He mentioned it occurred when the present was on a summer time hiatus.

“So, we came back to work and we’re looking around and we’ve got new folks. And Debbie [Allen] was there—which was great. We were happy that Debbie was taking over but where did Lisa go? What happened to Marisa? Bossman said ‘Nope, it’s not gonna happen’.”

Hardison added, “I was not happy about it because she was my friend, and it seemed like she was getting suckered out of a job and all the stuff we could’ve done together as a cast and with Debbie.”

He expressed disappointment that the present didn’t think about placing a pregnant lady on TV who was at school and doing properly. It’s a storyline Hardison would’ve have cherished to see by way of relatability and inspiration.

Debbie Allen needed Bonet to remain

In a 2015 interview for Emmy TV Legends, Debbie Allen shared that Bonet got here to her with information concerning the being pregnant needed to maintain it a secret.

Allen urged Bonet to inform Cosby and accompanied her to his workplace. As the brand new showrunner for A Different World, she was enthusiastic about making it a part of Denise’s storyline.

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At first, it appeared like Cosby was on board. He then contacted Allen and mentioned no, Lisa is the one who’s married and pregnant, not Denise. He determined to take Bonet off the present and later had her return to The Cosby Show.

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