Original ‘Aunt Viv,’ Janet Hubert: ‘Absolutely yes’ to ‘Fresh Prince’ reunion
Janet Hubert will forever be remembered as playing the TV matriarch Aunt Vivian on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
Last week Hubert became a media sensation after penning an open letter to talk show host Wendy Williams over her recent interview she did with Tatyana Ali, who played Hubert’s on-screen daughter Ashley Banks.
Williams probed into the reported feud between Hubert and that the show’s star Will Smith, stirring up further interest on the alleged beef between the two, prompting Hubert to release a letter to Williams via her Blogtalkradio program.
During part 2 of her interview with theGrio’s Chris Witherspoon, Hubert set the record straight on why she left The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
“It was a negotiation that should have come back like most do,” Hubert said. “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.”
Since leaving the show in 1993, there have been several conflicting reports of a feud between Hubert and her former cast members, including Will Smith and Alfonso Ribeiro.
“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,” Hubert revealed. “Alphonso 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.”
Hubert said she has since moved forward in her life and career and wants to leave the past behind. She confessed that she knew then, and knows now, that the on-camera chemistry between the cast members of the original Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was magic.
“When I do a show I want the best people on that stage with me. I thought that we were the best. That cast of Fresh Prince was good. Everybody was exceptional at what they did.”
Last year, reports of a feud between Smith and Hubert was reported by TMZ, after Hubert was absent from a 2011 photo of the cast that Smith published on Facebook.
theGRIO VIDEO: Janet Hubert defends open letter to Wendy Williams
However, Hubert revealed to theGrio that she in fact is willing to do a reunion with the entire cast of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. “Absolutely,” Hubert said. “Even Daphne (Reid).”
Hubert also feels it’s time for her and Smith to heal any damage that has been done since she left The Fresh Prince some 21 years ago.
“I would say to him [Smith], 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?”
Hubert added that she has a 20-year-old son and Smith has children that are in the public eye. She told theGrio she believes” karma is a monster,” and hopes that her past feud with Smith doesn’t negatively affect the careers of his children.
“My heart breaks from some of the comments that people make about his children,” Hubert said of Smith and his famous kids. “And for the damage that you may have done to someone else, your children may suffer… for your legacy.”
Hubert is keeping busy these days being a mother, producing a TV sit-com pilot, and appearing in her one-women show, “Broadway to TV Now Back to Me.” Fans of Hubert can tune into her Blogtalkradio program, and follow her on Facebook.
Follow Chris Witherspoon on Twitter at @WitherspoonC