1:42 pm - 03/30/2013

Superior Aunt Viv Is Ready To End 21-Year Feud With Will Smith.

Janet Hubert will forever be remembered as playing the TV matriarch Aunt Vivian on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

Last week Hubert became a media sensation after penning an open letter to talk show host Wendy Williams over her recent interview she did with Tatyana Ali, who played Hubert’s on-screen daughter Ashley Banks.

Williams probed into the reported feud between Hubert and that the show’s star Will Smith, stirring up further interest on the alleged beef between the two, prompting Hubert to release a letter to Williams via her Blogtalkradio program.

During part 2 of her interview with theGrio’s Chris Witherspoon, Hubert set the record straight on why she left The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

“It was a negotiation that should have come back like most do,” Hubert said. “We were a very successful show and I felt like I was an integral part of that, and felt valuable, but you cannot feel valuable in Hollywood.”

Since leaving the show in 1993, there have been several conflicting reports of a feud between Hubert and her former cast members, including Will Smith and Alfonso Ribeiro.

“I think what happened, because the audience was so on my side at that time, that Will probably felt like he needed to go out, and he needed to tell a lot of lies,” Hubert revealed. “Alphonso went out to a college and told a lot of lies, but the problem is I have proof that a lot of that didn’t happen.”

Hubert said she has since moved forward in her life and career and wants to leave the past behind. She confessed that she knew then, and knows now, that the on-camera chemistry between the cast members of the original Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was magic.

“When I do a show I want the best people on that stage with me. I thought that we were the best. That cast of Fresh Prince was good. Everybody was exceptional at what they did.”

Last year, reports of a feud between Smith and Hubert was reported by TMZ, after Hubert was absent from a 2011 photo of the cast that Smith published on Facebook. However, Hubert revealed to theGrio that she in fact is willing to do a reunion with the entire cast of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. “Absolutely,” Hubert said. “Even Daphne (Reid).”

Hubert also feels it’s time for her and Smith to heal any damage that has been done since she left The Fresh Prince some 21 years ago.

“I would say to him [Smith], we need to heal this. You’ve done some things, you’ve said some things, that were totally untrue and you know that they were untrue. I’ve said some things that I probably should have never said. But you’ve never heard them come from my mouth. Especially the TMZ thing last Christmas; my Mom passed away. So there I was again in the media getting beaten up…and you get tired. I’m tired. Aren’t you tired Will?”

Hubert added that she has a 20-year-old son and Smith has children that are in the public eye. She told theGrio she believes” karma is a monster,” and hopes that her past feud with Smith doesn’t negatively affect the careers of his children.

“My heart breaks from some of the comments that people make about his children,” Hubert said of Smith and his famous kids. “And for the damage that you may have done to someone else, your children may suffer… for your legacy.”

Hubert is keeping busy these days being a mother, producing a TV sit-com pilot, and appearing in her one-women show, “Broadway to TV Now Back to Me.” Fans of Hubert can tune into her Blogtalkradio program, and follow her on Facebook.

video at the source

Favourite quote from the interview - "Honey, star backwards spells rats."
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stephantasm 30th-Mar-2013 02:37 pm (UTC)
did he tell these lies 20 years ago or does she think he still worries about her?
okgoawaynow 30th-Mar-2013 02:41 pm (UTC)
Granted, she probably feels that the fallout from her firing affected her career/reputation in the industry, but she should let it go. For her own sake. Glad she's willing to make up with Will, but it would be in better taste to do so privately and not via the media imo.
lil_creamsoda 30th-Mar-2013 02:43 pm (UTC)
I’ve said some things that I probably should have never said. But you’ve never heard them come from my mouth.

huh? did she say them or not? Also I hate when people say things like this- "yeah I probably should haven't said it". Just say that you shouldn't have said it, and apologize.

Edited at 2013-03-30 02:44 pm (UTC)
tadashee 30th-Mar-2013 03:24 pm (UTC)
It seems like she wants him to apologize, and not apologize herself. How old were will and Alfonzo when all of this happened anyway? I'm sure they did lie, but she doesn't seem like she is nice either. And the karma thing about her kids is just mean. Worry about your own actions lady.
la_petite_singe 30th-Mar-2013 02:49 pm (UTC)
After that Wendy Williams thing, I just don't know WHAT to think about this lady. Though I did sort of forget that she was Michel's mother on Gilmore Girls. "Are you using those free weights I sent you?" "Yes, they hold down my papers beautifully."
agatharuncible 30th-Mar-2013 04:43 pm (UTC)
omg michel was amazing
wicky_wicky 30th-Mar-2013 04:55 pm (UTC)
tinderbittles 30th-Mar-2013 02:49 pm (UTC)
Lol. Will ain't thinking about this woman. She really needs to move on, this is ridiculous.
kals07 30th-Mar-2013 02:49 pm (UTC)
Here for the flawless "didn't read" gif.
andres01234 30th-Mar-2013 02:50 pm (UTC)
Will Smith is an ass

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evilgmbethy 30th-Mar-2013 02:59 pm (UTC)
sounds like you have many body thetans with toxic talk like that!!
andres01234 30th-Mar-2013 03:01 pm (UTC)
I need to be audited (or whatever, I already forgot all that make believe nonsense)
niyakarma 30th-Mar-2013 02:52 pm (UTC)
She was definitely the best Aunt Viv!
kiddo84 30th-Mar-2013 02:55 pm (UTC)
"Even Daphne (Reid)." I don't know why this is cracking me up.
treebraids 30th-Mar-2013 03:52 pm (UTC)
In the clip she says "Even Daphne" I guess the writer knew people won't know who that is hence the (Reid).
rebness 1st-Apr-2013 02:45 pm (UTC)
I don't think the funny part is Reid, but that she points out that she'll even meet with Daphne.
liliana_ 30th-Mar-2013 02:56 pm (UTC)
She sounds delusional.
deseti_prsten 30th-Mar-2013 02:56 pm (UTC)
I was always on her side, but she's been acting crazy as hell lately. Half of what she said here doesn't even make sense.
quote_me_once 30th-Mar-2013 02:59 pm (UTC)
it's sad how greatly this affected her. i think i watched some show she did talking about her life, apparently this feud make her physically sick as well. she needs to let go and let God irl.
klutzy_girl 30th-Mar-2013 03:01 pm (UTC)
Wait, she said in her letter that she didn't remember why she left the show, but here she says she does.

She says so many contradictory things.
slacker_chic 30th-Mar-2013 03:03 pm (UTC)
But what did Will Smith and Alphonso even say? Can someone tell me?

And seriously omg girl it's been over 20 years. Let it gooooo. I hardly doubt Will Smith or anyone else is tired or losing sleep over some 20 year old drama.
batsignaled 30th-Mar-2013 04:42 pm (UTC)
i am too lazy to dig for links so i'm going off memory here. but alphonso did some stand up at a comedy a couple years back (around the time of the reunion photo, i think?) and basically said "that bitch is crazy" and went on about how she created a hostile work environment. which, like, isn't a lie, because she's basically said as such, especially when she was pregnant. will hasn't talked about it much since it all went down -- which is when he was like, 19/20 -- but he told a radio show at the time that she didn't appreciate that he was the star of his own show when he was some rapper and she'd worked hard all her life just to be some supporting bit. and that she wanted it to be "the aunt viv of bel-air show."

i feel bad for some of the stuff she had to deal with but also some of the things she did was so ??? like, she's gone on about how will used to tell "yo momma so black" jokes as part of a warm up routine for the audience and she went out and stopped him once because she was a black mother. i can get being offended by some jokes, but the fucking dozens, really? idk man.
slacker_chic 30th-Mar-2013 06:03 pm (UTC)
I think it's weird regardless of a grown ass woman to engage in a public feud with people that are 19/20. It makes her look like she's on the same maturity level, or lower actually because as a certified adult she should know better.
and lol at her being a bitter betty that Will was the star and not her. She should have felt lucky to be on such a popular hit television show. Some people are never satisfied though I suppose.
jason350 30th-Mar-2013 03:03 pm (UTC)
y'all so fake. Y'all were all "Stan for Aunt viv" during that Wendy post. Aint nobody coming for Empress Wendy Williams! Bow!

But seriously I love Aunt Viv and was furious when she left that show! I was little but understood what went on! UGH
reidacted 30th-Mar-2013 04:54 pm (UTC)
What WW post?
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