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Aunt Viv Puts Will Smith On Blast!

Remember Aunt Viv from" Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"? The original Aunt Viv? Well Janet Hubert has a new tell-all/memoirs out called Perfection Is Not A Sitcom Mom where she talks about the un-princely conduct of former co-star Will Smith. Here's an excerpt: "Smith had people around him who made sure no one outshone him. I was happy to see Don Cheadle become the quality actor that he is, and often wondered how he made it past one episode, as Hilary's boyfriend, being such a fierce actor. No one could be on 'The Tonight Show,' that first season, except Will. And I mean no one." In an effort to drive the point home, Hubert also recalled an incident where another actor was cut from a guest spot on the show after being too impressive at an early rehearsal for that episode. "I recall the lovely and incredibly talented Countess Vaughn coming to guest star. Oh my God! The day of table read, she was pee-in-your-pants funny. The writers were howling, we were howling, so I knew she was history – banished into the cornfield. Many years later, after she had her own show, I had to tell her when she asked me why. 'Miss Janet why did I get cut from the episode,' she asked? Simply, my darling, you were too good," she recollected.

She then goes on to detail her sudden and unexpected termination from "Fresh Prince." Back then rumors swirled that they simply wanted a lighter skinned mother to play the role. Looks like Vivian Banks is ready to let all the skeletons out the closet two decades later. BV has the rest of the scoop.

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sounds like a hater to

sounds like a hater to me....get over yourself Viv.
Marie's picture

I like Wil Smith, but oh

I like Wil Smith, but oh schnap, she finally feels comfortable enough to tell what went down. She was good on the show. She was funny, classy, and a good fit for the dad. I didnt like the 2nd mom at all. She was dingy not that good of an actress and added nothing to the mix. I think everyone else on the show was just too scared to speak up. Janet seemed like the feisty one of the group. Some people just dont kis a**.
cici's picture

janet alias viv banks: Who

janet alias viv banks: Who was your friend name, names I will. only on the show for 3 years so and Will was the executive producer in the end. He wanted to get rid of the entire family. Met with CBS. Notice he is saying nothing thus far. It will all be revealed for now there will finally be peace. the sentence is over and I have served my time in the hearts of all of these mindless powerless bloggers who hide behind the keys of a computer and feel like they have a voice. My voice will finally be heard. Happy fathers day to my late dad and my late brother, I have begun to clear our name.be blessed bloggers.Mom Is it really you Aunt Viv! LMAO!
Tannygloss's picture

PS. that ballet scene KILLS!

PS. that ballet scene KILLS! My all time favorite episode!
moreolivia's picture

I love the original Aunt Viv!

I love the original Aunt Viv! Having said that, I also liked the second Aunt Viv. It was clear that the writers dumbed down the character, but maybe that was only because they didn't want (or perhaps couldn't find) someone to fill Janet Hubert's shoes. I commend Ms. Reid for stepping into the middle of a hot series and replacing an established character. I think they both brought something to the part. Having said that... Showbiz is a trip. I know some of the sweetest people, who in private situations would do anything to help a friend, but in business situations would cut that same friend's neck and then say 'thems the breaks, business is business.' I also know that it is really hard to stay grounded when you are young and popular and everyone around you is telling you how great you are. I love Will Smith, he seems like a really cool guy and he's a great actor, so talented! But he was in his late teens early twenties when Fresh Prince hit big. I'm sure he made some mistakes along the way. He isn't perfect. No one is. I also heard the same story, that Ms. Hubert asked for too much money and that was the reason she was dismissed. Maybe that's true too. In the end only the people who were directly involved know the truth. But here's something else I've been thinking about. Fresh Prince was such a hit show, but there were NO SPINOFFS for it. Most of the cast vanished or found smaller roles on other shows, etc. Will was the star, he became an even bigger star as he got older. How many of those movies that you've seen him in had cast members from Fresh Prince in them? I don't remember any off the top of my head. Will just got bigger and bigger. Rightfully so, because he was the star of the show, but still... When you look at The Cosby Show, it's a whole different story. Cosby hooked his cast members UP! All of the young talented members got their own shows. He even gave Raven a hook up with Disney once she got older. That put her back on the map. She in kind, pushed for her kid brother on That's So Raven to have his own spinoff show. Will helped Tatiana Ali while she was on the show (I think) with her singing career when they wrote it into the script. I don't know how much of that was his doing or the producers, but what about the rest of the cast? I think Alfonso Rivera (Carlton) is hosting Deal or No Deal on the Game Network. WTF? He is so talented, and it's great to see him working but he can do so much more! He should be in movies or have his own show! Just some food for thought.
moreolivia's picture

HOW MANY TIMES IS SHE GOING

HOW MANY TIMES IS SHE GOING TO BRING THIS UP??? SHE WAS NEVER CLOSE TO THE STAR OF THE SHOW, SO WHO CARES???SHE MUST BE BROKE.
pinkgrly's picture

i can't wait when she does

i can't wait when she does the book tour. how awkward is that going to be?!
fab5's picture

ChiChi: During the entire

ChiChi: During the entire 5-year run of the show my closest friend was the Assistant Director (one of the nicest people everrrr).This trick is LYING.Vivian couldn’t STAND that Will was getting all of the attention but it was HIS show.So she starting acting out on the set something aweful.She would curse Will Smith out storm off in the middle of scenes, argue with everyone.She was a PAIN IN THE ASS.They had to fire her because she began threatning Will.After they fired her, she was arrested for pulling a gun on some and charged with Assault with a Deadly Weapon (this was when her son was a baby and she was having problems with her marriage).This is a matter of RECORD so look it up.Everyone on that show loved her dumb as in the beginning and in that role but she really had a few screws loose and seriously had it OUT for Will (ask yourself this: why is she STILL talking trash about him and the show - because she’s CRAZY and can’t let go of the past).Truth. Who was your friend name, names I will. only on the show for 3 years so and Will was the executive producer in the end. He wanted to get rid of the entire family. Met with CBS. Notice he is saying nothing thus far. It will all be revealed for now there will finally be peace. the sentence is over and I have served my time in the hearts of all of these mindless powerless bloggers who hide behind the keys of a computer and feel like they have a voice. My voice will finally be heard. Happy fathers day to my late dad and my late brother, I have begun to clear our name. be blessed bloggers. Mom
janet alias viv banks's picture

my dear bloggers I see you

my dear bloggers I see you have set upon me and many of you are probably Smith Bloggers. I have no reason to lie about any of the details in my book. It is time to simply clear the lies that he told many years ago and that you all still continue to spread. I am going to do whatever it takes to protect my darling son and his life, which was affected by your vulger comments and lies. I am the original mother, and for bloggers like peanut butter, or jelly or whoever you are young lady you should be ashamed of your vulgarity. This is really a young site. but please all of you we are doing amazing things for our children on my site. In order to move forward I must clear this pipe that has been blocked for years. BTW I have never worked at the Alliance theater in atlanta, I want Mr Smith to finally apologize for all the harm he did to my family, especially my son. It would be an amazing day in the black race to see support for a sister one day. be blessed all janet hubert
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Hell Is Not Full: The real

Hell Is Not Full: The real truth was that she was a classically trained artist and that she resented the young dumb, uneducated “rapper” being on the show and she was somehow delusional enough to believe that she was the star - the show was called “Fresh Prince” of Bel-Air…. classically trained, but obviously not too bright.After the first season she complained because she wanted more money than Will, and because she felt like the story lines were too focused on the Fresh Prince — imagine that?Like a lot of actors on sitcoms do, she got out of pocket - thought she had more power than she did - but since the show was all about the “Fresh Prince” and she had a problem with him… how did she think it was gonna turn out. She got a rep as a trouble and didn’t get much work after - which is a shame because she really was talented. But this here shows how her training was no match for her delusion. 20 years later she still not working and holding a grudge. Don’t be bitter, be better! SOunds about right to me!
karen's picture

The real truth was that she

The real truth was that she was a classically trained artist and that she resented the young dumb, uneducated "rapper" being on the show and she was somehow delusional enough to believe that she was the star - the show was called "Fresh Prince" of Bel-Air.... classically trained, but obviously not too bright. After the first season she complained because she wanted more money than Will, and because she felt like the story lines were too focused on the Fresh Prince --- imagine that? Like a lot of actors on sitcoms do, she got out of pocket - thought she had more power than she did - but since the show was all about the "Fresh Prince" and she had a problem with him... how did she think it was gonna turn out. She got a rep as a trouble and didn't get much work after - which is a shame because she really was talented. But this here shows how her training was no match for her delusion. 20 years later she still not working and holding a grudge. Don't be bitter, be better!
Hell Is Not Full's picture

Catch this. Nobody but nobdy

Catch this. Nobody but nobdy can hold that role of Aunt Viv down like Janet Hubert. She made Aunt Viv come alive. As a matter of fact I ceased to watch the show after Janet left. There's was no life in the character anymore. Do your thang Janet.
Valerie Y Mackritis's picture

Eh why does this even matter

Eh why does this even matter now? I mean I did prefer her over the recast but its been how long? I think its time to let it go if anything it just makes you seem bitter. Notice how none of the other cast members talk about this woman at all?
CF98's picture

@Omar Damn, you sound like

@Omar Damn, you sound like will smith rejected you. That was a lot of anger for someone who don't personally know somebody! Did something happen?
ifeelsoyoung's picture

Poor aunt viv....she needs a

Poor aunt viv....she needs a check bad in the recession because that fresh prince money has dried up like a raisin! she thought she was the star of the show and the producers told made her kick rocks with no socks. they showed her who the fresh PRINCE of bel-air really was. Ain't nobody buyin that book but her family.
Heffa Say What?'s picture

DD: What if she was forced

DD: What if she was forced to say she wanted a raise? If she spoke up there would have been backlash? What if there was a threat on her career if she spoke up? Hollywood is different you cant run to your HR department to get a resolution, you are an independent contractor who needs to obtain future work in that industry so you will keep your mouth shut. What if she did want a raise because of how she was treated? There is alot of what if’s, thats why I dont rule out what she is saying… Good Point.
Peanut Butter's picture

Peanut Butter: Yea that’s

Peanut Butter: Yea that’s true.But if she said she wanted a raise then what???It was also stated over and over by many people that she was not good to work with. What if she was forced to say she wanted a raise? If she spoke up there would have been backlash? What if there was a threat on her career if she spoke up? Hollywood is different you cant run to your HR department to get a resolution, you are an independent contractor who needs to obtain future work in that industry so you will keep your mouth shut. What if she did want a raise because of how she was treated? There is alot of what if's, thats why I dont rule out what she is saying...
DD's picture

I think Janet is just now

I think Janet is just now coming out with the book because she is done acting. if she spoke out against this while still acting her career would have been black balled because Will Smith is a hot commodity to white people as far as film/entertainment. Will is very well connected even back when he first got his own show, how do you think he got his own show?? Will was only a rapper, not everyone gets a show unless you are well connected. Janet isnt trying to ruin Will's career but she has the right to get her side of the story out, especially if she has never spoken about it. Will's people had control over the Tonight Show because they may have threaten TS by using something they wanted......
DD's picture

DD: THats what they are

DD: THats what they are saying, what will they report about her being fired because of her complexion? No, The studios clean up it so no one believes the victim. Yea that's true. But if she said she wanted a raise then what??? It was also stated over and over by many people that she was not good to work with.
Peanut Butter's picture

S&J: Did I say I believed

S&J: Did I say I believed her??? You are the one being gullible. Just because people act like everything is A okay, doesn’t mean it is. LOL, smh. You don't have to directly say it...your comments prove it. And I'm not being gullible. I'm analyzing the information given to me (on this blog and shows that I've seen) and I choose what information I want to take from it. That is far from being gullible…I don't believe everything poeple say and I surely don't believe everything I read on blogs. Now, you're right about people acting like everything is okay when it may not be. But if everything wasn't okay, why hasn't at least ONE OTHER actor, producer, extra, assistant, or anyone else come out and say something too. NOT ONE other person has ever said anything at all. No one has confirmed this chick's allegations. Will has worked with many many people now and at least one other person should have something to say about Will by now if half of this crap were true. But whatever… This chick is still bitter and hurt decades later. It was her fault…she needs to get over it like I said earlier. She is upset at the wrong person. She is upset at Will like it is his fault that Countess Vaughn wasn't on the show. He is the star but he isn't a producer. She should learn her role. The show was "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air…it wasn't about the aunt. And I agree with a few of the above posters.
Peanut Butter's picture

Peanut Butter: I saw Will

Peanut Butter: I saw Will Smith’s True Hollywood Story, and according to that, she got fired because she wanted an unreasonable raise.So they fired her and got someone else.Her skin tone had nothing to do with it. THats what they are saying, what will they report about her being fired because of her complexion? No, The studios clean up it so no one believes the victim.
DD's picture

I believe this!!! Janet was

I believe this!!! Janet was kicked off the show suddenly and she was one of my fav. characters. People dont like to believe this behavior goes on in the industry but it does, there are so many talented people that will never get work because of this. We see a famous singer doing this right now to people, but everyone wants to think the stories are a farce.
DD's picture

Sounds Like Someone's Still

Sounds Like Someone's Still Bitter About Being Let Go!
ThatGirl!'s picture

Hmmm, I don't know what's the

Hmmm, I don't know what's the truth, but I definitely preferred the original Aunt Viv. It's unfortunate that sometimes things don't work in the "workplace" and when that happens, someone has to go (and it's usually never the "star" of the show.) I like them both.
Black Vesper's picture

someone tell this old bag its

someone tell this old bag its time for her meds. let her go play in traffic.....even if he did all that...WHO CARES like a million years later. Not like you had a career to worry about cause ya a$$ is still unknown
lolz's picture

she has told this story

she has told this story several times without much detail. im sure the book will do well everyone was shocked by her replacement! im just hoping Will or the people around him werent such butholes! if so he has totally changed long before this book came out Thank Goodness for him!
lea's picture

ashleigh: why release this

ashleigh: why release this now?i think she is just trying to tear him down now that he is one of the highest grossing actors…PERIODALTHOUGH I WILL SAY THIS: the original aunt viv was fierce as FxCK!!!! the newer one was so boring. no one will ever top the ballet episode when she showed those dancers how its done. BEST YET!!!!!! OMFG!!! That was my FAVORITE funny episode (my favorite hands down is when Will's Father comes back). I'm interested in hearing another side of the story. I won't speculate on why this is coming so late in the game. But she is a VERY talented actress as is Will Smith. ashleigh: why release this now?i think she is just trying to tear him down now that he is one of the highest grossing actors…PERIODALTHOUGH I WILL SAY THIS: the original aunt viv was fierce as FxCK!!!! the newer one was so boring. no one will ever top the ballet episode when she showed those dancers how its done. BEST YET!!!!!!
Miss Me's picture

I believe this. When they had

I believe this. When they had her on the show, she was a professor who also happened to be a dancer, and she was an active participant in the show. When they replaced her with the other woman, all the new Viv was a house mom who did nothing. Absolutely nothing. Did not like that at all. But she was not a big character, so I can see from that point of view.
Angelyc_Aries's picture

seriously u r right maybe

seriously u r right maybe peanutbutter was one of the producers lol comm'n by now u should know celebs lie and lie to save themselve sn the story or not he mite have lied abt it.watever i liked ant viv more not that whitewashed replacement
miss thing's picture

WAKE UP YA'LL.. WHEN ARE YOU

WAKE UP YA'LL.. WHEN ARE YOU PEOPLE GOING TO REALIZE THAT MS.WILL SMITH DOES NOT LIKE BLACK PEOPLE... HE AND HIS CRACKHEAD WIFE FROM BALTIMORE SUCKED AND F**@ED THEIR WAY TO THE TOP.. AUNT VIV'S CHARACTER WAS A TRIBUTE TO STRONG BLACK WOMEN.. THEY NEVER WANT TO SHOW THESE TYPES OF CHARACTERS ON TV, WILL WAS AND IS A BUFFOON WHO PUTS BLACK PEOPLE DOWN EVERY CHANCE HE GETS. I CAN'T STAND HIS CLOSETED GAY AZZ..
Omar's picture

original viv was the best viv

original viv was the best viv IMO. ya'll remember the episode with her showing them girls how to really get down in that dance/exercise class?! LOL!
holla06's picture

LOL..... Sounds like someone

LOL..... Sounds like someone is bitter... I wonder if thats what the whole book is about????
LOVECHILD5O4's picture

Dam... Will was doing that

Dam... Will was doing that gay sh*t back then? Acting like a liitle Queen wanting his way and obviously getting it to! LOL
Leah's picture

maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan sit yo

maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan sit yo ass down!
whatwhat's picture

Honestly, I believe it. We

Honestly, I believe it. We have to keep in mind that Will Smith was pretty young back then so he may have did some thing that weren't right. There's no question that Janet played that part though!
H-Town's picture

During the entire 5-year run

During the entire 5-year run of the show my closest friend was the Assistant Director (one of the nicest people everrrr). This trick is LYING. Vivian couldn't STAND that Will was getting all of the attention but it was HIS show. So she starting acting out on the set something aweful. She would curse Will Smith out storm off in the middle of scenes, argue with everyone. She was a PAIN IN THE ASS. They had to fire her because she began threatning Will. After they fired her, she was arrested for pulling a gun on some and charged with Assault with a Deadly Weapon (this was when her son was a baby and she was having problems with her marriage). This is a matter of RECORD so look it up. Everyone on that show loved her dumb as in the beginning and in that role but she really had a few screws loose and seriously had it OUT for Will (ask yourself this: why is she STILL talking trash about him and the show - because she's CRAZY and can't let go of the past). Truth.
ChiChi's picture

I'm not buying it. For one,

I'm not buying it. For one, Will didn't have that kind of control. So, if her statements are directed towards him, she FAILS. She need to take it up with the producers. Aside from that, I don't think any of the other actors support her statements because they are untrue. I mean, let's get real. At least ONE other person would have come out in support of her statements. And no, I'm not buying all that "Celebs lie all the time" foolishness. The other actors have no real reason to "kiss up" to Will. "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" is syndicated several times over. Even if none of the actors work another day in their lives, I'm sure they will be OK. So, it's not like they have anything to protect. What's gonna happen? Will is gonna take them out of the re-runs? NO. Will is gonna make sure they never work in Hollywood again? NO. It's not like many of them are working now! They have even guest starred in any of Will's films, so it's not like he's hooking them up with jobs. I respect her as an actress, but she needs to let it go.
Serious Matter's picture

I heard this a long time ago.

I heard this a long time ago.
Lacey's picture

crunkpoet: people so quick

crunkpoet: people so quick to call someone a bitchwe dont know what happened because we were not thereand i really doubt any of you KNOW WILL SMITH personally or even the producers…so everybody who told her to shut up needs to shut up their damn selves…BECAUSE WE DONT KNOW WHAT REALLY WENT DOWN!!! You sound real ignorant and ONE-SIDED! Practice what you preach stupid. No one knows Will Smith, the producers, OR this "bitch." So, if none of us were there and don't know what really happened why are you only upset at the people siding with Will Smith and not the people siding with her? You seem very affected personally by this--especially because you are one-sided. Hmmmmmmmmmmmm……
One-Sided Comment's picture

I heard that Aunt Viv( the

I heard that Aunt Viv( the original) was a biotch to work with and she thought she was too theatre trained to do some of the lines on a damn sitcom! A friend of mine that works with Alliance Theatre here in Atlanta even told me that she was a biotchy diva when he dealt with her. I think she has this thespian attitude that is not beneficial when you are not high on the actress list and furthermore in a pop culture that thrives of comedy. Will has every right to be in every shot and memorize every damn line after all the show was the "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air". It's mighty funny that he is close to ALL this former castmates, so if he was that big of an azz I highly doubt they would be kickin it with him, no matter how A-list he is.
Sidditee's picture

I wonder if when they play

I wonder if when they play really old episodes with her in it on t.v. in these days if they still cut her a check.. she was better as aunt VIV
Lady Linx's picture

people so quick to call

people so quick to call someone a bitch we dont know what happened because we were not there and i really doubt any of you KNOW WILL SMITH personally or even the producers...so everybody who told her to shut up needs to shut up their damn selves...BECAUSE WE DONT KNOW WHAT REALLY WENT DOWN!!!
crunkpoet's picture

Harlem Chic: Are we

Harlem Chic: Are we surprised here? It’s called the power grip of the EGO and this business is called show business for a reason. No business. No show. All mega superstars; Will Smith included do what they have to to be on top. And when you are at the top…trust that he had to slice a couple of throats to get up there. It doesn’t make him a bad person cause they all do it. It’s called competition. Will Smith had no say. he was merely a kid and at he end of the day Directors and Producers no what they want.... All Will did was act and love he lime light aint no shame or blame in that..
What if??'s picture

B*tch its been years.. are

B*tch its been years.. are you kidding me? It was the Will Smith Show not yours.. I was upset when your character changed because i didnt like the second lady. But its been years...Are you serious? You should have given it to GOD by now.. SMH
Autumn Jones's picture

It is not Will's fault she

It is not Will's fault she got fired, it is her managers fault for telling her not to take the deal.
Jeloi's picture

Funny...Back in the day they

Funny...Back in the day they use to say that she was the one with the attitude. I heard she was a straight DIVA and big demands and an even bigger ego.
Soul Touch's picture

hissip: I truly did admire

hissip: I truly did admire Daphne Reid as an actress, and it definitely took me a while to get used to her as Aunt Viv, but Janet Hubert was the original Aunt Viv. She had this old-school sophistication about her.I can understand that she (Janet Hubert) feels bitter and angry at having had the chance to shine in the role; and perhaps if she had remained as part of the cast her career would be further off than where it is now. I hope she got enough of an advance for that book, and a high royalty rate too, so she won’t have to ever work in Hollywood, because she won’t endear herself too much to Will Smith with these revelations. And I’ll be suprised if she even gets straight to DVD work after this; Hollywood is rather not fond of snitches.But best to her; she is a good actress.And let’s face it, at the end of the day, Will Smith is a very powerful entity in Hollywood. Who will people tap most likely for their script?But I try to understand her (Hubert). Sometimes in life when old folks or heck even when as a twenty something when you’re looking back at when you were in high school, you have regrets over things that might have been, and some make you shrug, while others make you angry and bitter, and regretful, and I suppose this falls in the latter category.Will Smith’s ego? He’s no different than other actors. How many times have you heard the adage about the lower the bigger the ego, the lower the self-worth? There’s so much megalomania that goes on in Hollywood, so this doesn’t make me like him any less. But again best wishes to Ms. Hubert. Everything you said is right on point.
Chrissy's picture

Will Smith a punk

Will Smith a punk
E$'s picture

S&J: So thats the only part

S&J: So thats the only part you saw in that whole paragraph? Sounds like your not over it since you picked that out of countless things.I loved her as Aunt Viv, the other lady was boring as hell..I guess thats what Will wanted so he wouldn’t get outshined. Anywho, Carlton was the true comedy cow, Carlton MADE the show, if he left/was replaced the show would have been garbage. You are on point...Carlton was the ish..I was actually watching season one..Carlton and Jeffrey kill me!!!
zooche's picture

ishouldbeworkinginstead:

ishouldbeworkinginstead: She was taking off earrings and everything just like somebody’s Mama! LOL! YES YES YES!! LOL... that episode always makes me laugh so hard! And the one where vivica fox played Jazz sister! LMAO @ Carlton putting her in her place! Love this show
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