TMZ, the first news source to report the death of Michael Jackson, and a website not known for making up lies, is reporting this morning that Janet Hubert, the original Aunt Vivian from “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” referred to Will Smith as an asshole during a recent interview.
For those of you not in the know, Janet says Will had her fired from the show because she would not kiss his butt. She also said Will didn’t think it realistic that a dark skin black woman could actually be living the life Janet portrayed on the show. According to Hubert, the role originally called for a light skin black woman with green eyes- which happens to be what her replacement, Daphne Maxwell Reid, looked like.
At any point, with news of a possible “Fresh Prince” reunion being in the works, Janet was asked if she would be willing to participate. It was reportedly at this point that Aunt Viv had this to say about Big Willy: “There will never be a reunion … as I will never do anything with an asshole like Will Smith. He is still an egomaniac and has not grown up. This constant reunion thing will never ever happen in my lifetime unless there is an apology, which he doesn’t know the word.”
Had this been reported a decade ago I may have believed it. However, Janet has said several times that she is over “that whole situation” and has since moved on with her life, appearing on several TV shows and making a return to her Broadway roots.
Having said that, I personally doubt an invitation would be extended to Janet if there was a reunion, or that she would accept it if there was. Alfonso Ribeiro, who played Carlton on the show, has also continued to make his feelings about his TV mom known over the years… and they are not very nice.