Will Smith and Janet Hubert ‘OG’ Aunt Viv Dive Deeper Into the 30-Year Feud in an Exclusive ‘Red Table Talk’

by Jeremy Spirogis
Will Smith and Janet Hubert ‘OG’ Aunt Viv Dive Deeper Into the 30-Year Feud in an Exclusive ‘Red Table Talk’

Will Smith and Janet Hubert reunited after 30 years this week on the HBO Max Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reunion. Smith had a heart-to-heart dialog with the unique Aunt Viv. However, there’s extra to the story. This week on the Facebook Watch Red Table Talk, Smith and Hubert sit down for a deeper dive into what went incorrect all these years in the past. 

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

‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ Reunion introduced Will Smith and Janet Hubert again collectively

Will Smith and Janet Hubert acted collectively for 3 seasons of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air earlier than she left the present completely. She was changed by Daphne Maxwell Reid for the rest of the sequence. Whenever the solid obtained collectively within the 30 years because the sequence started, Hubert was the one actor omitted. When she returned through the reunion, she gave a small glimpse into what life was like after leaving Fresh Prince. 

“You have no idea,” she advised Smith through the reunion particular. “It was insane.” 

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When she obtained pregnant throughout Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Season 3, she was in an abusive marriage. However, Smith and the remainder of the solid had no concept. 

“During that time of her pregnancy, I wasn’t sensitive, I wasn’t perceptive, and now that I’ve had three kids, I’ve learned some things that I did not know at the time, and I would do things very differently,” Smith admits. “But I can see where I made the set very difficult for Janet.”

Hubert was by no means fired however was supplied a “really bad deal” that included a smaller wage and a contract that she wouldn’t work anyplace else. With a new child child and a husband who wasn’t working, she couldn’t settle for the deal. So, the producers recast her character. 

After leaving ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,’ Hubert felt alone

“I was hurt deeply,” Hubert advised Smith about her departure. “When I left the show, I had this new baby and no one. 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. I didn’t know who to trust because I had been banished. And they said it was you who banished me. Because you were Will, it was hard.”

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‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ Benny Medina, Joseph Marcell, Alfonso Ribeiro, James Avery, Tyler Collins, Kadeem Hardison, Will Smith, Quincy Jones, Al B. Sure, Tatyana Ali, Janet Hubert-Whitten, Karyn Parsons | NBCU Photo Bank

Smith understands now, years later, what a battle it was for Hubert to point out as much as work on daily basis. He tells his former coworker that he was younger and solely sees her battle now. However, it’s not sufficient. 

“But you took all of that away from me — with your words. Words can kill,” Hubert responds. “I lost everything. Reputation. Everything. And 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. And it’s hard enough being a dark-skinned Black woman in this business. But I felt that it was necessary for us to finally move forward. And I’m sorry that I have blasted you to pieces.”

The two hugged and apologized to one another, however it’s evident that there’s extra therapeutic to be performed. 

Will Smith brings Janet Hubert to ‘Red Table Talk’ to resolve their feud

Seeing that the reunion didn’t clear up every little thing, Will Smith invited Janet Huber to the Facebook Watch Red Table Talk to dive deeper. Clinical psychologist Dr. Ramani Durvasula will assist the 2 mirror and are available to phrases with the harm performed all these years in the past. 

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‘Red Table Talk’ Dr. Ramani Durvasula and Will Smith | Facebook/Sophy Holland

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The Red Table Talk, “Will Smith’s Red Table Takeover: Resolving Conflict,” will stream on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, at 9 a.m. PT/ 12 p.m. ET solely on Facebook Watch. Hubert and Smith will work collectively to resolve their “bitter, 30-year-long feud.”

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