‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’: Will Smith Finally Reunites With Longtime Rival Janet Hubert and Fans Are Thrilled

by Jeremy Spirogis
Will Smith and Janet Hubert

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is indubitably among the finest comedies to ever seem on tv. Created by Andy and Susan Borowitz, it adopted the lifetime of a Philadelphia native after he will get despatched away to reside together with his aunt, uncle, and cousins in California. Throughout its six-year run (1990-1996), it was a scores hit and one of many most-watched applications on TV.

But irrespective of how iconic The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is, one factor lots of followers have by no means been in a position to recover from Janet Hubert’s ousting as Aunt Viv. It was a significant second that triggered a public feud between her and different forged members that lasted for many years. However, it appears to be like like issues are turning round.

Recently, Will Smith reunited with Hubert, sharing a photograph of them on social media that left followers feeling nostalgic concerning the previous and enthusiastic about what it means shifting ahead.

Will Smith and Janet Hubert
Will Smith as William ‘Will’ Smith and Janet Hubert as Vivian Banks | Chris Cuffaio/NBCU Photo Bank

Will Smith’s reunion with Janet Hubert got here after an extended feud

When Hubert was changed by Daphne Maxwell Reid in season 4, stories initially stated she’d left attributable to artistic variations, per Distractify. But it later got here out that she had been having sequence points with Smith and different forged members.

Amid her exit, Smith gave an interview with an Atlanta radio station in 1993 the place he stated (by way of E! News):

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. She has principally gone from 1 / 4 of 1,000,000 {dollars} a yr to nothing. She’s mad now however she’s been mad all alongside. She stated as soon as, I’ve been within the business for 10 years and this snotty-nosed punk comes alongside and will get a present.’ No matter what, to her, I’m simply the Antichrist.

Meanwhile, Hubert instructed omg! Insider in 2013 that Smith had finished “horrible things” to her throughout their time on the present. She didn’t elaborate however no matter had occurred was apparently so severe that it made Hubert swear off ever working with him once more, although she later signaled she was open to a reunion within the aforementioned interview with omg! Insider.

Will Smith as William 'Will' Smith and  Janet Hubert as Vivian BanksWill Smith as William 'Will' Smith and  Janet Hubert as Vivian Banks
Will Smith as William ‘Will’ Smith and Janet Hubert as Vivian Banks | Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank

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Will Smith and Janet Hubert have lastly come collectively for ‘Fresh Prince’ reunion particular

After information broke on Sept. 1 {that a} reunion particular was coming to HBO Max, Smith took to Instagram to share images from a gathering with the forged. On Sept. 10, he posted one picture of him with Hubert and one other of him with the remainder of the forged: Reid, Alfonso Ribeiro (Carlton), Karyn Parsons (Hilary), Tatyana Ali (Ashley), Joseph Marcell (Geoffrey), and DJ Jazzy Jeff (Jazz). (James Avery, who performed Uncle Phil, died in 2013).

“Today is exactly 30 YEARS since The @FreshPrince of Bel-Air debuted! So we’re doin’ something for y’all… a for real Banks Family Reunion is comin’ soon to @HBOmax! RIP James. #FreshPrince30th,” he wrote within the caption.

In the picture with Hubert, the 2 have been seen smiling and laughing in what seemed to be a pleasant dialog between them. TV Line notes that HBO Max describes the meet-up as “an emotional reunion and a candid conversation” practically three many years within the making.

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The reactions to the reunion between Will Smith and Janet Hubert are excited

One Twitter person couldn’t consider that Smith and Hubert had reunited after all of the back-and-forth between them through the years, tweeting: “Will Smith and OG Aunt Viv (Janet Hubert) for the Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air reunion. Hell done froze over!”

“THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS RIGHT NOW 😫🙏🏼🔥❤️” one other fan wrote within the remark part of Smith’s post.

“I’m so glad they’ve put their differences aside and buried the hatchet, because this is the reunion we deserve,” learn one other tweet.

“this was soo long overdue,” a 3rd tweet stated partly.

Fans can anticipate the reunion particular later within the yr, round Thanksgiving, in keeping with TV Line.

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