Janet Hubert Confesses To Will Smith She ‘Lost Everything’

Written by on November 19, 2020

After a 30-year feud, Janet Hubert — AKA, the first ‘Aunt Viv’ — told Will Smith how he ‘took’ away ‘everything’ from her during the ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ reunion.

After 27 years of not speaking and blasting one another in old interviews, Janet Hubert and Will Smith finally came face-to-face in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reunion special that aired on HBO Max on Nov. 18. Janet, who is now 64 years old, didn’t sugarcoat how her sour relationship with Will cost her “everything” after she was replaced with a different actress, Daphne Maxwell Reid, to play the iconic role of “Aunt Viv” in Season 4 of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air until the show wrapped in 1996.

A throwback photo of Will Smith with Janet Hubert and James Avery, who sadly passed away in 2013. (Photo Credit: Everett Collection)

Before Janet and Will’s one-on-one chat, though, they both filmed private confessionals. Janet gave more insight into her 30-year feud with Will (who played her nephew on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) and revealed what she believes caused their rift. “During that third season, when I got pregnant, there was a lot of things going on in my life and Will’s life as well. There was some friction because I was pregnant,” Janet explained.

“Home life was not good at all. I was no longer laughing, smiling, joking because there were things going on nobody knew about,” she continued. “The cast had no idea what was going on.” Janet also clarified that she was “never fired” and was instead offered a “really bad deal” that she chose not to accept, which would require the actress to film for just two months and two weeks while not being allowed to work anywhere else.

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