Last week’s Fresh Prince of Bel-Air cast reunion didn’t invite the original Aunt Viv, and she will not be attending any future meet-ups.
The reunion picture was missing the late actor James “Uncle Phil” Avery, who died in 2013 and well as Janet Hubert. However, Daphne Maxwell Reid, who replaced Hubert as Will Smith’s rich aunt Vivian Banks from season 4 to the series finale in 1996, was invited. It was rumored that she was fired from the show for breach of contract when she became pregnant.
Many of the show’s fans wondered why Hubert was given the cold shoulder, now we know; there’s some major bad blood there.
In a Facebook post, Hubert, who went by the name Janet Hubert-Whitten when she was on the show, addressed her absence and had some words for her for former TV son Alfonso Ribeiro, who posted the picture.
Hubert wrote “I know the media hoe Alphonso [sic] Ribeiro has posted his so-called reunion photo. Folks keep telling me about it. He was always the asswipe for Will. There will never be a true reunion of the Fresh Prince. I have no interest in seeing any of these people on that kind of level.”
“I am not offended in the least, by this photo… it was an event for Karen’s [Karyn Parsons, who played eldest daughter Hilary Banks] charity,” she continued. “It does however prompt me to take some meetings in Hollywood to pitch my memoir Perfection is Not a Sitcom Mom, and tell of the behind-the-scenes story before I leave this earth.”
The post appears to have been deleted.
All this drama can be explained because Hubert and Will Smith famously clashed during their time on the show. Hubert accused Smith of not helping other cast members get raises, but he claims that she resented his success.
In a 1993 radio interview, Smith said “I can say straight up that Janet Hubert wanted the show to be “The Aunt Viv of Bel Air Show”, because I know she is going to dog me in the press. She has basically gone from a quarter of a million dollars a year to nothing. She’s mad now but she’s been mad all along. She said once, ‘I’ve been in the business for 10 years and this snotty-nosed punk comes along and gets a show.'”