Will Smith And Original Aunt Viv Actress Reconcile In Fresh Prince Reunion

Will Smith And Original Aunt Viv Actress Reconcile In Fresh Prince Reunion

Roommates, it took nearly 30 years, but Janet Hubert has finally buried her decades-long feud with Will Smith and was officially on board for the "Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air" 30 anniversary special.

Hubert and Smith greeted each other with a hug when they saw each other on set but she had to ask him a question that has lingered on her mind for 27 years.

"You're still my Aunt Viv!" he declared. Her performance as Aunt Viv was groundbreaking in its depiction of a woman who looked like her possessing a range of emotions and attitudes on TV in that era.

Hubert once called Smith an "egomaniac".

Fans continue to have a fondness for Fresh Prince, with Peacock recently handing a two-season pickup to a dramatic reboot of the show.

She went on to reveal she was offered a awful deal to return for a fourth season and turned it down, admitting she was deeply hurt by how quickly she was replaced - and her personal and professional lives took a big hit.

"We never really together publicly talk about Janet and what happened", Smith told the other cast members.

This very special reunion show of all of our favourite characters from The Fresh Prince (minus the late, great James Avery) comes nearly 30 years after the show wrapped, and revisits some of the most memorable moments, as well as going inside the relationships of the cast members and what they've been up to since the show aired. Will Smith, Alfonso Ribeiro (Carlton Banks), Tatyana Ali (Ashley Banks), Karyn Parsons (Hilary Banks), Joseph Marcell (Jeffrey, the butler), Daphne Maxwell Reid (Aunt Viv #2) and DJ Jazzy Jeff sit on a recreation of the Banks family mansion set, recounting audition stories and favorite scenes in honor of the 30 anniversary of the hit sitcom's premiere. Now that I've had three kids, I've learned some things I did not know at the time.

The cast all watched an incredibly moving tribute to the man, which showed some of Avery's greatest moments on the show, with many of them admitting the character of Uncle Phil was not too far removed from the real Avery at all: a patriarch who wanted the best from you, but was also able to have fun and enjoy the little things. "I lost so much". "How do we heal?" "Home life was not good at all", explained Hubert.

During their sit down, Smith apologized to Hubert for his lack of sensitivity to her during that time.

Smith, who was 21 at the time, said now he has had three children he can see how Hubert would have been struggling.

And that wasn't all of her trouble. "I was never fired, but the misconception was always put out there", Janet continued. I had a new baby and a husband who was out of work, so I said no.

She replied: "You took all that away from me with your words, words can kill. And I'm sorry I have blasted you to pieces", Hubert told Smith.

The General Hospital actress pointed out that the experience led her to feel "disowned" by Hollywood, and that she was told that Smith had "banished" her. "Family disowned me, Hollywood disowned me, my family said you've ruined our name and I wasn't unprofessional on the set", she said. I just stopped talking to everybody because I didn't know who to trust because I'd been banished.

"The person I want to be is someone who protects you, not someone that unleashes dogs on you", he said. Because you were Will. "I was so driven by fear". "I lost everything. Reputation".

"I lost everything - reputation, everything - and I understand you were able to move forward, but you know those words - calling a Black woman hard in Hollywood is the kiss of death", Hubert said. "It's hard enough being a dark skinned Black woman in this business".

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