Janet Hubert: Original Aunt Viv Goes OFF Over Fresh Prince of Bel Air Reunion!
Janet Hubert, the actress who played the stylish, stunning, iconic original Aunt Vivian on Will Smith’s hit sitcom Fresh Prince of Bel Air, is officially pissed.
She’s also officially the only person on the planet who isn’t thrilled by the prospect of a Fresh Prince reunion.
A couple of days ago, Alfonso Ribeiro, the actor who played Will’s dorky cousin Carlton, shared this lovely photo on Instagram.
There’s the bulk of the cast of the show — Tatyana Ali (who played little Ashley), Alfonso, Karyn Parsons (Hilary), Will, Daphne Reid (the replacement Aunt Viv), and Joseph Marcell (Geoffrey).
The only person missing is Uncle Phil, the amazing James Avery who tragically passed away in 2013.
Alfonso noted his absence in the caption, writing “Always amazing to spend an afternoon with my Fresh Prince family. Wishing that James Avery was still with us to make this complete.”
So sweet, right?
Yeah, Janet doesn’t think so.
Janet, who left the show after three seasons due to “creative differences” (more on that in a bit), shared a scathing Facebook post about the reunion, just a really, incredibly nasty commentary on the photo.
“I know the media hoe Alphonso Ribero has posted his so called reunion photo,” she began the since-deleted post. “Folks keep telling me about it.”
“He was always the ass wipe 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.”
She added that she’s “not offended in the least” by the photo, but “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.”
It makes sense that Janet would lash out like this — she’s had issues with Will Smith and Alfonso Ribeiro for literal decades at this point.
Funnily enough, this isn’t even the first time she’s referred to someone as a “media hoe.” Stacey Dash got those same honors last year.
We may never know exactly what happened between Janet and the rest of the Fresh Prince cast, but we do know that in a 1993 interview, Will said that “no matter what, to her I’m just the Antichrist.”
He said that she wanted the show to be “The Aunt Viv of Bel Air Show,” and that she was mad that he got his own show so early in his career when she’d been acting for years.
In a 2009 stand-up show, Alfonso said that Janet “went nuts,” and that the cast felt like a family but she “ruined that, and she made it very difficult for us to work.”
But Janet has said that her issue with Will is that when it was time to negotiate pay raises for the cast, he refused to stand up for them, reportedly telling her “My deal is my deal and y’all’s deal is y’all’s deal.”
While we can’t know who’s to blame for the issues, it’s clear that Janet is the only one with problems — the rest of the cast clearly still love and respect each other.
What a shame.