Will Smith Called an ‘A–hole’ by Former ‘Fresh Prince’ Co-Star
There were a handful of cast members missing from last week’s ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ reunion photo, and it turns out that actress Janet Hubert, the first of two women who played Will Smith‘s Aunt Vivian on the show, had a simple explanation for her absence: She hates Will’s guts.
TMZ tracked down the actress and asked her about the possibility of getting back together with her former ‘Fresh Prince’ castmates. “There will never be a reunion … As I will never do anything with an a–hole like Will Smith,” she replied. “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.”
Who knew Aunt Viv was so full of resentment? Since leaving the show, Hubert has made guest spots on ‘Friends’ and ‘The Bernie Mac Show’ but hasn’t had another major co-starring role. She is an ambassador for the National Osteoporosis Foundation and suffers from the condition herself.
Smith hasn’t responded to Hubert’s comments, but back in 1993 he said, “I can say straight up that Janet Hubert wanted the show to be ‘The Aunt Viv of Bel-Air Show’ … 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.’ No matter what, to her I’m just the Anti-Christ.”
Given Hubert’s strong feelings, if there ever is a ‘Fresh Prince’ reunion, Will’s mother would probably have to be played by Daphne Maxwell Reid, the actress who replaced Hubert. Both women played the role for three seasons.