After a 30-year feud, Janet Hubert — AKA, the primary ‘Aunt Viv’ — advised Will Smith how he ‘took’ away ‘everything’ from her throughout the ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ reunion.
After 27 years of not talking and blasting each other in outdated interviews, Janet Hubert and Will Smith lastly got here face-to-face in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reunion particular that aired on HBO Max on Nov. 18. Janet, who’s now 64 years outdated, didn’t sugarcoat how her bitter relationship with Will price her “everything” after she was changed with a special actress, Daphne Maxwell Reid, to play the enduring function of “Aunt Viv” in Season 4 of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air till the present wrapped in 1996.
Before Janet and Will’s one-on-one chat, although, they each filmed personal confessionals. Janet gave extra perception into her 30-year feud with Will (who performed her nephew on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) and revealed what she believes prompted their rift. “During that third season, when I got pregnant, there was a lot of things going on in my life and Will’s life as well. There was some friction because I was pregnant,” Janet defined.
“Home life was not good at all. I was no longer laughing, smiling, joking because there were things going on nobody knew about,” she continued. “The cast had no idea what was going on.” Janet additionally clarified that she was “never fired” and was as a substitute supplied a “really bad deal” that she selected to not settle for, which might require the actress to movie for simply two months and two weeks whereas not being allowed to work anyplace else.
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“That meant my salary was cut, I had a new baby and a husband who was out of work. I said no,” Janet defined, though she was “hurt deeply” when the present determined to recast her function as a substitute. In Will’s personal confessional, the Gemini Man star admitted he “wasn’t sensitive” to her private points and would do issues “very differently,” including, “I can see why I made the set very difficult for Janet.” Then, it was time: Will lastly sat down for his highly-anticipated chat together with his authentic Aunt Viv, who defined how she “lost everything” as a result of of their feud.
“When I left the show, I had this new baby and no one. Family disowned me, Hollywood disowned me, my family said you’ve ruined our name and I wasn’t unprofessional on the set. I just stopped talking to everybody because I didn’t know who to trust, I had been banished. They said it was you who banished me. Because you were Will, you were a kid. It was hard,” Janet confessed to Will.
Janet additionally advised Will that he “didn’t realize” that she was “going through a lot at home” on the time, and even revealed she was in a “very abusive marriage.” At the time, Will — who was simply on the verge of his twenty second birthday when their present premiered — couldn’t relate as a lot, however now that he’s gone by means of his personal marriage troubles and has three children, the actor stated he might “see now the level of pain and the level of struggle that it was for you just to show up every day.”
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