Saturday, 31 July, 2021


Janet Hubert confronts Will Smith over causing her to 'lose everything'

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Will Smith and Janet Hubert The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ Will Smith as William ‘Will’ Smith Janet Hubert as Vivian Banks | Chris Cuffaio NBCU
Hannah Rogers | 20 November, 2020, 20:54

Tomorrow, the iconic cast of the "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" will reunite for their 30-year anniversary.

"So she agreed to sit down and have a conversation with me".

See everyone finally exchange group hugs after the pair hashed things out (below), including the jaw-dropping moment both Aunt Viv's met IRL for the first time ever!

In the trailer, she told Smith, her personal life greatly affected the way she showed up to work with her castmates. In 2011, Hubert famously told TMZ that she'd never work with Smith again, calling him an "a--". In the years since, she and Smith traded barbs in the media, with the actress blaming him for her departure, claiming he wielded his growing clout to have her replaced. "Home life was not good at all", explained Hubert. "I was so driven by fear and jokes and comedy and all of that".

"Something I would like to clarify is during that third season when I got pregnant, there was a lot of things going on in my life and in Will's life as well", Hubert said.

For Smith's part, he admits he was neither "sensitive" nor "perceptive" to Hubert's troubles during her pregnancy, and seems genuinely contrite for how he treated her.

As the cast of the show settled in the living room that we all grew up watching in the Banks' house, they discussed how they had all come together when the show first started in some very different ways.

It's no secret that Janet Hubert and Will Smith have had an extremely hard relationship since they initially starred together during the first three seasons of the classic 90s sitcom the "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air".

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Cast

Hubert was never fired but was offered a "really bad deal" that included a smaller salary and a contract that she wouldn't work anywhere else.

"There will never be a reunion...as I will never do anything with an a-hole like Will Smith". I was trapped. What could I do? "They said, 'You've got two months and two weeks of work and you can not work anywhere else'". "Family disowned me. Hollywood disowned me".

Smith said, "I have children, I've been divorced, I've had a second marriage".

Smith responded that he could see the "level of pain and the level of struggle" Hubert went through. The actress Mo'Nique, among many others, can certainly attest to this, having said she's been blackballed in the industry since refusing to campaign for Precious without the promise of additional pay. "I lost everything. Reputation". "I lost 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". "And what happened. And, for me, it felt like I couldn't celebrate 30 years of "Fresh Prince" without finding a way to celebrate Janet". "And I'm sorry that I have blasted you to pieces".

Smith thanked her for sharing. The beloved actor passed away in 2013, but his presence was surely felt among the group who spoke fondly of their time together. R.I.P.

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.

"The person I want to be is someone who protects you, not someone who unleashes dogs on you", Smith said.

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