‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’: How Daphne Reid Feels About Being Called the ‘Second Aunt Viv’

by Jeremy Spirogis
Will Smith, Alfonso Ribero, and Daphne Reid in

One of the key recasts in tv historical past is the ‘Aunt Viv’ swap up in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. For three years, Janet Hubert wowed followers together with her portrayal of Will Smith’s sassy aunt on the present. She was changed by Daphne Reid.

Will Smith, Alfonso Ribero, and Daphne Reid in 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'
Will Smith, Alfonso Ribeiro, and Daphne Reid in ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ | Paul Drinkwater/NBCU Photo Bank

Fans by no means obtained over their love for Hubert as Aunt Viv and plenty of imagine Reid by no means totally measured up. Reid says the comparability doesn’t have an effect on her.

Daphne Reid changed Janet Hubert as ‘Aunt Viv’ after three seasons

Hubert performed the position of Aunt Viv for 3 seasons. Viewers beloved her within the position for her sass and all the way down to earth high quality character. Hubert left the present after being supplied fewer episodes with decrease pay. 

She was changed by Reid within the fourth season. The variations between the 2 ladies are stark. Aside from their differing pores and skin complexions – with Hubert having a darker pores and skin tone – many viewers felt Reid’s model was not relatable and that she lacked chemistry with the forged.

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Making issues worse, a feud between Smith and Hubert ensued behind the scenes throughout Reid’s time on the present. Their feud typically overshadowed Reid’s work.

Smith has accused Hubert of being jealous that he was the star of the present and hints that she was troublesome to work with. Hubert has stated that Smith was an egomaniac and immature on set.

In some public interviews on the time, Reid appeared to take Smith’s facet. She hinted that she too believed Hubert was bitter over her exit and jealous of Smith’s star energy. During the 30th anniversary particular for the present, Smith, and Hubert made peace.

Reid revealed that she’d by no means met Hubert personally however was honored to lastly have the prospect to take action. The two ladies praised one another’s contributions to the present.

Daphne Reid opens up in regards to the ‘Aunt Viv’ comparisons 

When talking of her position throughout the HBO Max reunion particular, Reid opened up about her assembly with Hubert. She says she’s grateful for the groundwork Hubert accomplished previous to her becoming a member of the forged.

“She was a woman who I honor for having started this wonderful show, so all I could do is treat her as I would treat anybody when I first met them,” she stated. “And mostly with a big hug.”

Despite talking what’s considered as adverse about Hubert beforehand, Reid says she’s unaware of Smith and Hubert’s tense historical past.

“I didn’t know anything about the friction between Will and Janet,” she claims. “They never spoke about it, I didn’t know about it, all I knew was what social media was saying, and I didn’t know her so I don’t pay any attention to that.”

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Related: ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’: Daphne Maxwell Reid Thanked Janet Hubert for Not Returning to the Show

As for the fixed comparisons to Hubert, Reid says she by no means paid consideration to them. 

I used to be so blissful to have a job that I didn’t care whether or not the general public known as me the second Aunt Viv, or the clown who got here in after. I didn’t care what they known as me, I don’t pay a lot consideration in my life, to what the social media people are saying. And I hope that they notice, that you simply can’t recreate the identical magic that we had 30 years in the past. And we is not going to try to do this. You can’t catch lightning in a bottle twice.

Daphne Reid on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Reunion

After her work on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Reid continued appearing, with recurring roles in sitcoms like Eve and Let’s Stay Together.

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