‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’: Janet Hubert Says She Lost Everything After Her Feud With Will Smith

by Jeremy Spirogis
Will Smith as William

For months, followers of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air have been anticipating the reunion between Will Smith and Janet Hubert, who performed the unique Aunt Viv on the sequence. As it’s been identified in Hollywood, Hubert left the present after the third season and was changed by actress Daphne Maxwell Reid for the sequence’s length.

For years, Hubert has blamed Smith for her exit. However, on the HBO Max reunion particular, Hubert is getting candid about what actually went down and the way she misplaced every part because of her feud together with her former co-star.

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

Janet Hubert was by no means fired from ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’

One of the extra stunning revelations from the Fresh Prince reunion was that Hubert was by no means truly fired from the sitcom. Instead, she selected to depart on her personal. For years, rumors swirled that Smith had her fired and introduced in Reid to switch her. However, that’s not precisely how issues occurred.

Instead, Hubert says that she was provided a horrible deal that may enable her to movie for simply two months and two weeks whereas not being allowed to work wherever else.

“That meant my salary was cut. I had a new baby and a husband who was out of work. I said no,” she defined.

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Janet Hubert says she was struggling rather a lot whereas starring on ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’

While followers adored watching Hubert because the no-nonsense Aunt Viv for 3 seasons of Fresh Prince, behind the scenes, the actress was having a tough time in her private life. During the Fresh Prince reunion, she defined that she was in a “very abusive marriage” and was additionally a brand new mom. She confessed to Smith,

When I left the present, I had this new child and nobody. Family disowned me, Hollywood disowned me, my household mentioned you’ve ruined our identify and I wasn’t unprofessional on the set. I simply stopped speaking to everyone as a result of I didn’t know who to belief, I had been banished. They mentioned it was you who banished me. Because you have been Will, you have been a child. It was onerous.

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Janet Hubert says she misplaced every part due to her feud with ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’

Though Hubert has labored onerous to forgive Smith and transfer previous her points with him, she additionally reminded him and everybody else how highly effective phrases may be through the reunion. After she left the sequence, the then 22-year-old known as her tough and difficult, which successfully boxed her out of Hollywood.

During a 1993 interview with an Atlanta radio station, the Men In Black actor mentioned by way of Mic, “I can say straight up that Janet Hubert needed the present to be The Aunt Viv of Bel-Air Show as a result of I do know she goes to canine me within the press.” For Hubert, that shattered her viability in Hollywood.

 “You took all of that away from me, with your words,” Huber informed Smith through the Fresh Prince HBO Max reunion. “Words can kill. I lost everything. Reputation, everything, everything. I understand you were able to move forward, but you know those words, calling a Black woman difficult in Hollywood is the kiss of death. It’s hard enough when you a dark-skinned Black woman in this business.”

Thankfully, Hubert is in a significantly better place personally and with Smith.

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