I think we are all somewhat familiar with the public battle between Janet Hubert, Will Smith and NBC, that led to the recasting of the role of Aunt Vivian, in The Fresh Prince of Bel Air’s fourth season, in the mid-1990s.
And given that she continues to talk about it, it’s clear that Janet Hubert is still very much, shall we say, pissed off at Will Smith, blaming him for her leaving the very successful TV series.
You may recall about a year ago in her appearance in TV One’s series titled Life After, in which Hubert aimed to set the record straight about that entire occurence; in it she was clearly still upset about it all, and angery at Big Willie.
Fast-forward to last week when I posted THIS entry on a potential Fresh Prince of Bel Air TV or film reunion, after Will Smith shared a photo of himself and most of the series’ cast on his Facebook page, taken about a week before Christmas day. The picture traveled the web, fueling rumors that the cast would indeed be getting together for some kind of revival of the show, whether on the big or small screen, though no confirmation of that from anywhere.
Janet Hubert must have heard about it all because, according to an exclusive interview with TMZ, she isn’t at all interested in a reunion of any kind, stating, “There will never be a reunion … as I will never do anything with an a**hole like Will Smith... He is still an egomaniac and has not grown up. This constant reunion thing will never ever happen in my lifetime unless there is an apology, which he doesn’t know the word.“
Well then… I suppose if this reunion ever happens, they’ll be looking to Daphne Maxwell Reid, who took over for Hubert after she left the series.
But really, what the fuck is going on here? This is a really long time to hold a grudge; but I wasn’t there, and I don’t know exactly how things happened, so I’m probably not in any position to offer commentary. Obviously Will doesn’t seem to feel like he did anything wrong, unless he is “an egomaniac and has not grown up” as she states; otherwise I’d like to think that he would have apologized if he felt he was in the wrong.
No comments from Will in response; though I doubt he will.