But no matter how iconic he is The prince of Bel-Air is something that many fans have never been able to overcome the ouster of Janet Hubert as Aunt Viv. It was a major moment that sparked a public feud between her and other cast members that spanned decades. However, it looks like things are changing.
Recently, Will Smith reunited with Hubert, sharing a photo of them on social media that left fans nostalgic for the past and excited about what it means going forward.
Will Smith’s reunion with Janet Hubert came after a long feud
When Hubert was replaced by Daphne Maxwell Reid in season four, reports initially said she left due to creative differences, per Distractify. But it later emerged that she had serial issues with Smith and other cast members.
Midway through his outing, Smith gave an interview to an Atlanta radio station in 1993 where he said (via E! News):
I can tell right away that Janet Hubert wanted the show to be Aunt Viv from Bel-Air Show because I know she’s going to drag me into the press. It’s basically gone from a quarter of a million dollars a year to nothing. She’s crazy now, but she’s always been crazy. She once said, I’ve been in the business for 10 years and this brat nosed punk comes in and gets a show. Anyway, for her, I am only the Antichrist.
Meanwhile, Hubert told omg! Insider in 2013 that Smith had done “horrible things” to her during their time on the show. She did not elaborate, but what had happened was apparently so serious that it prompted Hubert to swear never to work with him again, although she later reported that she was open to a meeting in the aforementioned interview with omg! Insider.
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Will Smith and Janet Hubert finally reunite for ‘Fresh Prince’ reunion special
After the September 1 news that a reunion special was arriving on HBO Max, Smith took to Instagram to share photos of a reunion with the cast. On September 10, he posted a photo of himself with Hubert and another of him with the rest of the cast: Reid, Alfonso Ribeiro (Carlton), Karyn Parsons (Hilary), Tatyana Ali (Ashley), Joseph Marcell (Geoffrey) , and DJ Jazzy Jeff (Jazz). (James Avery, who played Uncle Phil, died in 2013).
“Today, it’s exactly 30 YEARS since the @FreshPrince of Bel-Air made its debut! So, we’re doing something for all of you… a real Banks family reunion is coming to @HBOmax soon! RIP James. # FreshPrince30th, ”he wrote in the caption.
In the photo with Hubert, the two were seen smiling and laughing in what appeared to be a friendly conversation between them. TV Line notes that HBO Max has described the meeting as “an emotional reunion and candid conversation” for nearly three decades.
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Reactions to reunion between Will Smith and Janet Hubert are excited
One Twitter user couldn’t believe Smith and Hubert had reunited after all the back and forth between them over the years, tweeting: “Will Smith and OG Aunt Viv (Janet Hubert) for Fresh Prince Of Bel reunion -Air. Hell froze!
“THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS RIGHT NOW 😫🙏🏼🔥❤️” another fan wrote in the comments section of Smith’s post.
“I’m so glad they put their differences aside and buried the hatchet because this is the reunion we deserve,” read another tweet.
“It was so long overdue,” a third tweet said in part.
Fans can look forward to the special reunion later in the year, around Thanksgiving, according to TV Line.
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