Aunt Vivian hates Will Smith

I’m not sure anyone here under the age of twenty remembers The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, but most of you will remember it as the show Will Smith got his start on. And a few of you might remember Janet Hubert, who played his TV Mom, Aunt Vivian, on the show. Well, there was some backstage infighting between the two, by which I mean Hubert hated Smith for no adequately described reason and Hubert eventually got fired midway through the show. Anyway, after the cast had a mini-reunion a week or so ago, Hubert told TMZ that she would never reunite with the rest of them because she still hates Smith.

15 years after the show went off the air … Janet Hubert tells TMZ she’s still upset with the way she was fired from the show … and blames the whole thing on Smith himself. “There will never be a reunion … as I will never do anything with an a**hole like Will Smith,” Hubert said. She adds, “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.” Hubert has said in the past she believes Smith is to blame for her departure in the middle of the show’s run — claiming he turned on her because she wouldn’t kiss his butt. But Smith refuted the claims after Hubert left the show in 1993 — telling an Atlanta radio station Hubert simply had a bad attitude which played a major role in her demise. Smith told the radio station, “[Hubert] 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 AntiChrist.”

For those of you who hate money and good literature, Hubert actually wrote a tell-all book, where she reportedly reveals that the whole reason for this feud is … well, actually it’s never really explained. Honestly, the best she can do is say that as a 22-year-old rising star, he was a little arrogant and ambitious. The entire thing comes across was what would happen if Helena “Won’t somebody PLEASE think of the children?!” Lovejoy from The Simpsons wrote a tell-all. So I guess all in all, Smith won this round by a goddamn mile.

The Fresh Prince of Bel Air

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