What happened between Will Smith and Janet Hubert?

EVERYONE loves a good celebrity feud, and the one that took place between two Fresh Prince of Bel-Air stars is no different.

So it’s not surprising that fans of the ’90s sitcom are still curious as to what really happened between actor Will Smith and original Aunt Viv actress Janet Hubert three decades ago.

Will Smith and Janet Hubert as their characters Will and Aunt Viv from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air


Will Smith and Janet Hubert as their characters Will and Aunt Viv from The Fresh Prince of Bel AirPhoto credit: Getty – Contributor

What happened between Will Smith and Janet Hubert?

Janet Hubert, who played Aunt Viv, mysteriously disappeared from the show in 1993 at the end of the third season.

In an interview with an Atlanta radio station in 1993, Will Smith publicly attacked Janet, saying, “I can say straight out that Janet Hubert wanted the show to be The Aunt Viv of Bel-Air Show because I know she did.” will haunt me in the press.

“It’s basically gone from a quarter of a million dollars a year to nothing. She’s crazy now, but she was crazy all along.

“She once said, ‘I’ve been in the business 10 years and this snotty-nosed punk come along and get a show.’ No matter what happens, to them I am just the antichrist.”

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But Janet criticized the show and expressed her dislike for Will Smith in interviews as their public feud unfolded.

She even vowed she’d never appear in a reunion episode, and according to TMZ, she said, “There’ll never be a reunion… as I’ll never do anything with an A-hole like Will Smith.”

“He’s still an egomaniac and hasn’t grown up yet. That constant reunion will never happen in my life unless there’s an excuse he doesn’t know the word for.”

When did Janet Hubert play Aunt Viv in Fresh Prince of Bel Air?

Janet played the character of Vivian Banks or “Aunt Viv” on the show from season one in 1990 through the end of season three in 1993.

She was then replaced in Season 4 by actress Daphne Maxwell Reid, who remained on the show until it ended in 1996.

At the time, fans of the show weren’t too happy about the actress’ move as Janet was a popular part of the show.

The reason Will gave for Janet’s departure at the time was that she was “difficult to work with” and the couple had “creative differences.”

Why did Will Smith and Janet Hubert fall out?

For years, people believed Janet was fired from the show in 1993, but on the reunion show, she revealed that wasn’t really true.

She decided to leave the show as she was pregnant and having issues in her personal life while also having friction with Will Smith on set.

Alongside this, she claimed her salary had also been cut, forcing her to leave.

During the reunion show, she said, “There was some friction between Will and I … because I was pregnant. Life at home was not good at all.

“I stopped laughing, smiling, joking because things happened that nobody knew about.”

What happened at the Fresh Prince reunion show?

The HBO Max Fresh Prince Reunion Show aired on November 18, 2020.

In an exchange between Janet, Smith said: “I hated what you did. I just hated what you did.

“You just went too far when you were younger and I know you always had to win,” she said, referring to the way her professionalism was smudged during the feud.

Will replied: “I couldn’t do a 30th anniversary of this show and celebrate you, celebrate your contribution and celebrate your contribution to my life.

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“The person I want to be is someone who protects you, not someone who unleashes darkness on you.”

Alongside the reunion show, the two continued to work things out, ending their long feud two days later with Will’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s Red Table Talk – which aired November 20, 2020.

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