Normally, I’d skip over stuff like this, but it’s Friday… and we have covered the Janet Hubert/Fresh Prince of Bel Air controversy before.
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 about the incident.
You may recall about 3 years ago in her appearance in TV One’s series titled Life After, in which Hubert aimed to set the record straight about that entire occurrence; in it she was clearly still upset about it all, and angry at Big Willie.
Fast-forward to late 2011, when, Hubert, in an interview about whether she’d be up for a Fresh Prince reunion (there were rumors of one at the time), said that she wasn’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 asshole 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, and moved on.
Skip ahead to yesterday, when Hubert took to the airwaves (BlogTalkRadio), but this time, speaking out against Wendy Williams. Why? Well, on Williams’ talk-show yesterday morning, she had Fresh Prince co-star Tatyana Ali, on as a guest. And during her conversation with Ms Ali, Williams, as she can be expected to do, poked and prodded Ali to dish on why Janet Hubert left the show in 1993.
Of course, Tatyana is no gossiper, so she kept her answers very clean and professional, as she should have.
And in response, almost immediately, Janet Hubert penned this lengthy open letter to Wendy Williams, which she read in full on her BlogTalkRadio program, Speak, Own It, calling her a demon, wicked, awful, spiteful, and much more.
It’s actually quite inflammatory.
My guess is that Hubert (who has gone after Williams in the past), knows that all these public outbursts must be favorable to her career, in the sense that it keeps her name in the news (several major industry sites picked up the story, including The Hollywood Reporter and others). I didn’t even know that she had a podcast show on BlogTalkRadio, and I’d guess that many of you didn’t either. But now, I’m sure the size of her listenership will see a sudden boost.
The only thing that this is setting us up for, really, is Wendy having Janet on her talk-show. I’m sure that’ll be a ratings coup.
Anyway, here’s the letter she penned, transcribed by NecoleBitchie:
Dear Wiggy, I’m sorry, Wendy,
Recently, you found the need to put an end to the mystery surrounding my departure from a show that I did so damn long ago that I don’t even remember why I departed.
Wendy Williams, or whatever you are supposed to be, I’m not quite sure. I’m writing you yet again, to appeal to your sense of womanhood or manhood as some suggest. Please close your mouth about things that you know nothing of.
Now, I watched your show to see dear Tatyana Ali sadly to say, fall into your trap. She even brought pictures of our days on the show from the Fresh Prince of Bel Air. You know most people watch you just to see what heinous things your mouth will say compared to what an overflowing volcano will spew forth on that day.
Now perhaps other black women have allowed you to berate them and continued to support you in this manner of madness and rewarding hatefulness. It seems to become the norm and has taken over our society completely. But I, Janet Hubert, at there and watched you tell the world that I was not a nice mother. I’m thinking to myself, the only person who has the right to say that is my child. So I sat there and watched you like some devilish sinkhole swallow up Tatyana Ali. You reduced her to a child sitting their tempting to keep some symbolism of dignity about her as you pried and invaded her life until you got what you wanted.
You are such a demon Wendy. You are wicked, awful, conniving, sinister, spiteful, jealous of every other woman. Simply put, Wendy you are a virus. You are not nor have you ever been a true woman. It seems as though your audience thirsts for the blood of others, as they are prompted to clap and hoop and holler at your shows and wigs and clothes.
Girl you will have some stars on your show and demean them before they even make it back home. I just would like to know who died and told you that you were reborn as Oprah. You want to be Oprah so bad that you would kill for it and you will kill anyone to achieve success. Sister, you will never be another Oprah. Oprah lifted her audience up and exuded an air of class.
But you know what Wendy, you are not even in my league. It is so beneath me to even bother with someone like you, but you asked for it. Didn’t nobody tell you to say my name on your show? You will not destroy all of the hard work that I went through for the last decade to clear my good name. I simply will not allow you to do so. I’m a lady and a real one. Wendy girlfriend you just messed with the wrong sista.
Now it’s funny for all that you and the world claim that I’ve done, I should have my own show like you. Darling there is nothing that I could have ever done in this lifetime in my career that would equal the vulgarity and ugliness and hatred that you spew on your show in one single day.
So, here is my advice to you Wendy. I want to help you. Learn to sit in a chair and stop fidgeting with yourself on camera. Wipe your giant teeth off camera, and don’t smear the spit on the chair. Please put some sweat pits under your arms, and darling if your sweater is pulling until there are lines across your chest, its too tight. You might want to deflate those tremendous breast. Take off the fake blonde hair. You have to stop playing the race card because you are coming off like a want to be white girl who will never be white.
Now, I have never seen anything besides hogs slobber at the mere mention of food, so I question your humanism at times. I have never seen a display of such self-hatred.
Just a couple more suggestions for you, please would you stop dissing all of us who’ve embraced our natural hair as many others and I have? And yes Wendy natural hair does belong on the red carpet whether you like it or not.
I kind of feel sorry for you. You sit there on your big-footed tacky throne everyday while millions of people are laughing at you not with you. There is a big difference. Nobody cares about what you think about his or her lives. But we do care about what you put out there about us. My heart saddens that women, especially black women, have embraced her evil after all of our struggles in society. You and your kind have set us back a hundred years or so. How dare you chastise anyone when you are such a travesty?
Now take that, chew it my dear and stick it on your lord have mercy you are disgusting fly ridden gum wall. And that’s the advice I have for you my sister.