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Janet Hubert, ‘Aunt Viv,’ From ‘Fresh Prince’ Talks Issues With Will Smith And His Kids
When you think of the Fresh Prince Of Bel Air you probably think of Will Smith and Aunt Viv, but which Aunt Viv? The first one or the second one? Well, the first one’s name is Janet Hubert and she abruptly left the popular show due to differences between her and Will Smith and her appearances on the show being cut down.
Just last week Wendy Williams went in on Hubert by saying she’s the “mean” Aunt Viv on Fresh Prince. Leave it to Wendy…
Well, recently Janet Hubert was interviewed by theGrio’s Chris Witherspoon and she revealed that it was her decision to leave the show after they wanted to cut her role down to 10 episodes. She also suggested that Will’s kids being bullied in the media may be the effect of his karma for saying mean things about her over the years.
Hmmm… Interesting, right?
Here’s a little bit of the interview Janet did with theGrio.
On why she was replaced on the The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air
“They offered me 10 episodes, with which I said, “No.” That was 10 weeks of work and then they said that you can’t act or perform anywhere else. And so that was cutting my salary by $150,000 a year. How could I pay the bills I needed to pay with 10 episodes? And then they said, ‘We want you to go before the cameras and tell the world that it was your idea,’ and I said “Hell no.” And then they said, ‘We are going to move on.’ It was a negotiation that should have come back like most do. We were a very successful show and I felt like I was an integral part of that, and felt valuable, but you cannot feel valuable in Hollywood.”
On why she does not see eye-to-eye with Will Smith and Alfonso Ribeiro
“There was a bit of a [cast feud]. I was extremely professional on that set, maybe too professional…but I didn’t adhere to the star system. By not playing the game, that cost me. I think what happened, because the audience was so on my side at that time, that [Will] probably felt like he needed to go out, and he needed to tell a lot of lies. Alfonso went out to a college and told a lot of lies, but the problem is, I have proof that a lot of that didn’t happen. What are you going to do, fight for years and years? I’ve been condemned for a crime that I didn’t commit.”
On what she would have said to Will Smith if she was invited to the reunion which took place in 2011
“I would say to him, we need to heal this. You’ve done some things, you’ve said some things, that were totally untrue and you know that they were untrue. I’ve said some things that I probably should have never said. But you’ve never heard them come from my mouth. Especially the TMZ thing last Christmas; my mom passed away. So there I was again in the media getting beaten up…and you get tired. I’m tired. Aren’t you tired Will? We’ve got to come together and end this 21-year-saga.”
On Will’s kids Willow and Jaden
“My heart breaks from some of the comments that people make about his children. And for the damage that you may have done to someone else, your children may suffer… for your legacy.”