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STILL TALKING *ISH: The "Original" Aunt Viv EXPLAINS Why She'll NEVER Reunite With "A$$H*LE" Will Smith!

Remember that "reunion" pic of the cast of "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air"? There's a really good reason the "original" Aunt Viv wasn't in the pic...she (still) thinks Will Smith is an ego maniac AND a$$hole. Get the deets inside....

Janet Hubert, who played the original Aunt Vivian on "Fresh Prince of Bel Air," before she was replaced by Daphne Maxwell Reid, was fired from the show over 15 years ago.  And she is STILL BITTER about.  And let's just say, when Will Smith's name comes up, Janet uses words like big ego, maniac, and a$$hole.  Oh.....and she says he has a "need" to have his butt-kissed by his minions. 

TMZ reports that she recently told an interviewer,

"There will never be a reunion ... as I will never do anything with an a**hole like Will Smith.  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."

Janet, who blames Will for the way she was fired from the show, has discussed this issue before on TVOne's "Life After" AND her own memoir Perfection Is Not A Sitcom Mom

When asked about the situation, Will spoke about Janet's feelings for him saying,

"She always thought--'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."

Think it's about that time to just let it go Aunt Viv....

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I’ve heard Will say in an

I’ve heard Will say in an interview once that the quality of the show suffered when Janet left and that the whole incident was unfortunate. Will also admitted that he was young and may have been insensitive at times. I think Will has attempted to be gracious on occasion. Despite his efforts, Janet seems to be relentlessly committed to portraying herself as a scorned victim. It appears that Janet is having trouble understanding that education and experience do not guarantee success. She genuinely feels that Will is undeserving of his success, but she does not get to make that choice. Our lives usually are a reflection of our choices. Her anger, bitterness, and scorn have smothered her gifts. It would be nice if Will would apologize, but I think the fact that Janet does not feel she played a role at all speaks to her immaturity and sense of entitlement. Will does not owe her anything nor is he obligated in any way to apologize. A “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” reunion does not impact Will’s career at all. All that energy she is putting into Will, she could have paid a good psychiatrist to help facilitate her healing. Looks like Janet’s career has remained stagnant because her attitude has….her behavior is infantile to say the least.
Anonymous2012's picture

yeah, what you just said!

yeah, what you just said!
Anonymous's picture

Regardless how many sides

Regardless how many sides there are to this story, there still comes a point and time where folks need to get over it and move dahell on and YES, this is one of them.
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Anonymous's picture

like what someone previously

like what someone previously posted, there's always three sides to a story. We haven't heard his and the actual facts. I don't know them personally, but I did enjoy watching them both on the show
Anonymous's picture

What about Will's role in

What about Will's role in this! Maybe this is just me, but if someone said that I hurt them (even if I don't recall), then I am going to talk to them, ESPECIALLY if it is 15 years later! Because to me, it is obvious that the person is hurt! All he has to do is set her down and say, "If I have hurt you in ANYWAY, I apologize! I was a kid then and I didn't realize what I was doing, etc." THEN if she still wants to harbor those feelings it isn't his issue!! I think that WIll Smith has a part to play in this and he probably is sitting back relishing in the idea that people feel as if she is BITTER. If he didn't, then he would APOLOGIZE. He's grown and that is the right thing to do. Both of these people have their EGOS in the way. This is ridiculous to say the least.
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Very well stated.
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Anonymous's picture

Cry me a riveeeeeeer JANET!

Cry me a riveeeeeeer JANET!
Anonymous's picture

GET OVER IT JANET...DAMN

GET OVER IT JANET...DAMN IT...!!!!!!
Anonymous's picture

How dare people say things

How dare people say things like she needs to get over it, she a diva etc. this is how she feels about him-even 15 years after she was fired and it's her damn right to feel her feelings...she'll get over it when she gets over it ain't nobody telling ya'll how to feel! If she's asked she should have the right to answer honestly. If a little man comes along and uses his power to ruin my life without knowing and caring I would hate him for being so ignorant and I would hate him more for being successful. I believe her with what she says after all his friends seem to be show off's and you all know: your friends are a reflection of yourself. smh
no no and NO!'s picture

I agree with you. I really

I agree with you. I really get annoyed at how unempathetic (if that is a word, lol) people are as if they have never been hurt and wronged by anyone. If this were a person who was abused as a child and 20 years later had yet to get over it, would you all be saying the same thing? People can't decide when a person needs to move on in when they don't or when it is appropriate/when its not! We don't know what went on. She is obviously in pain, has deep issues that she needs to resolve just like many of you. I agree, she is only hurting herself by people need to get off their high horses. She has a right to feel how she feels...
Anonymous's picture

It's not a lack of sympathy

It's not a lack of sympathy to be honest, it's seeing on the outside what she is not seeing herself. How has her anger and emotions helped her in life? Will has gone on to having an illustrious career in cinema. If she thought he had clout then to blacklist her, then what does she believe he has now? Bitterness, anger and resentment only hurt the person who is holding on to it. These are the most toxic emotions in the human body. They cause cancers, heart disease, depression, and a whole host of other physical malaise. Not to mention that these emotions stall spiritual growth. At the end of the day her anger did nothing to Will, it did not have any effect on his life in any way, shape, or form. I honestly believe she was resentful from the get-go, that here she is, a Julliard trained professional who has to work along side an uneducated rapper. I believe she perceived herself to be above them all, and because of these feelings of superiority she was not able to form the level of professional relationship needed to work closely with someone for such long hours daily. With youth comes arrogance, and I am sure Will may have had his fair share of arrogance being in Hollywood, on a hit show and making so much money. However, she was the adult in the situation and should have known the cockiness of youth. Most of us believed we were the shit in our 20s, but the truth is we knew nothing about life.
Mabel's picture

I feel ya'll! It doesn't help

I feel ya'll! It doesn't help her to be so bitter and yet there are hundreds and thousands of people on earth that do the same thing as she does: stall anger. It's not good for her health, for her career etc. but still can't help how you feel...it's like telling a person that he/she is stupid for falling in love. There is no user manual for feelings-that' what makes them special: you can't control them. So all we can wish for is her to get to the point of forgiveness- for her own sake- and live on. It's just that I was so disappointed with people writing things like she really need to get over the situation or she looks foolish being mad etc. I mean...people can't help feelings and it would be more destructive if she'd just keep that anger inside. I don't like that people feel right when they tell other people to ignore they're feelings...cuz feelings are what makes us human.
no no and NO!'s picture

Didn't Jada, herself said she

Didn't Jada, herself said she audition for one of his shows and he didn't let her on there?
Anonymous 's picture

I'm soon happy he and his

I'm soon happy he and his wife are back on track. I sorta didn't believe the divorce rumors because I remember way back when they said divorce is not an option
Anonymous's picture

I'm soon happy he and his

I'm soon happy he and his wife are back on track. I sorta didn't believe the divorce rumors because I remember way back when they said divorce is not an option
Anonymous's picture

Sure she's still upset but

Sure she's still upset but she was asked a question in an interview which is why she commented. I don't think she goes about her normal daily routine talking about the situation. The show sucked without her anyway so she should at least be happy about that!
Anonymous's picture

I agree. When she left the

I agree. When she left the show I stopped watching the show. It went down in flames!
Anonymous's picture

I agree ---- the show jumped

I agree ---- the show jumped the shark after the original "Aunt Viv" left/was fired. Mrs. Maxwell just didn't fit in, and I lost interest in the show after that. If it had been Smith's wish to see her go, all I have to say is sometimes it sucks when you get what you wished for.
Anonymous's picture

Time heals nothing. It

Time heals nothing. It probably still hurts like it did 15 years ago. They need to get mediation and heal this mess.
Anonymous's picture

She really need to get over

She really need to get over the situation, will was a young cat back then. He prove that he grow up.
janet's picture

He has not proven a darn

He has not proven a darn thing in this situation.
Anonymous's picture

If she hated him that much

If she hated him that much she really deserves an emmy.. because it never showed on camera lol But seriously get over it lady... u look foolish being this mad 20years later.. literally 20years.. smack yourself and have a seat.
Anonymous's picture

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Is this ur comment?...Makael86
Anonymous's picture

Just in general bitterness is

Just in general bitterness is not good for anybody. Whether Will is all the things we've heard about him or not, you are giving him more reason not to apologize. Janet, I know it hurts but it's time to seriously move on.
anon's picture

“No, I will not come to your

“No, I will not come to your dressing room and dance! I’m not a groupie, I’m a grown mature 38 year old woman. For a 22 year-old, if you want me to kiss your ass, you had to put it in my contract."~Janet Hubert aka The REAL Aunt Viv Love it! Call her bitter all you want to, but this show and the all of the drama behind it basically destroyed her career, livelihood, and had her blackballed. I think she played her cards wrong with the situation, but the least Will could have done was to help her to land some gigs after they fired her if they didn't want her on the show. For her to see him go on to become a megastar and she's scraping and scrambling to pay her bills, I can see why she's still upset after all of these years.
Anonymous's picture

I think Chocolate Aunt Viv is

I think Chocolate Aunt Viv is funny as hell...LOL! She is so damn bitter she could spit fire on Will's ass..... But seriously, she does need to let it go.
Feel Free to Judge's picture

If Will still didn't

If Will still didn't apologize after 15 years Janet won't be getting that apology no time soon. So it is best that she let it go. I think it's not just Will's fault, but the producers and whoever else that had something to do with her being fired. But since Will was the star of the show I guess he is the one to blame.
HaveSeveralSeats's picture

Good observation.

Good observation.
Anonymous's picture

She needs to get over it.

She needs to get over it. It's been some years now. Let. It. Go!!! The bitterness, anger, and resentment she still feels and holds onto ain't hurtin nobody but herself. And I believe her personality had something to do with her being let go. Maybe not the whole reason, but definitely a part. That shows from her Life After episode and how she is today. Sidebar, I got the impression from her episode that she expected more to be done or accomodated for her, and didn't totally grasp that the show was not about her. It was centered around Will. Sometimes you gotta go along & play the game. If she wasn't willing to do that, then she should've taken her dismissal as a loss for them, and made other opportunities for herself with her talents. I don't care for her, and she needs an attitude adjustment asap.
Anonymous's picture

i agree with you totally.

i agree with you totally. somewhat similar stories with Jackee & Marla Gibbs on 227 when ithe show was supposed to be centered around Marla Gibbs but Jackee stole the show and outshined her
Anonymous's picture

She's STILL mad? How many

She's STILL mad? How many years ago was this? Will Smith is a grown man now. Move it along, Janet!
Anonymous's picture

She must didn't make true

She must didn't make true relationships with the other castmembers for her to allow the incident with Will Smith to cause her not to want to attend the fundraiser event that "Hillary" had because that event wasn't about Will and there have been about 3 other events that I have seen most of the crew attend in support of one another and she is nv'r there. I agree with another person that blogged that on the TV1 Life After she really didn't have the best personality and that problem was the reason that she got fired and like Will said she was sort of established in her own right and was probably upset at the climax that he was making in his career at that time.......Please let that go girl, life is filled with too many precious moment to just hold on to one.
Suga T's picture

@ Suga T I respect your view

@ Suga T I respect your view but I have a question? Why is it that you are so willing to construct an argument that paints Janet as some villain and not Will Smith? Does Will bare no responsibility in the action he took? It takes TWO to forgive. I'm not saying Janet is an easy person but it always amazes me how some women alway attack other strong women in light of giving MEN a free pass. What would it cost Will Smith to show a black woman who was more established (at the time) than he was some RESPECT. I can only imagine the EGO Will Smith had at that time when that show first started. I know that this was a show that was made for him but they had to get real TALENT to show Will Smith the ropes and to build a strong show. And what moves has Will Smith made to extend himself to Janet? What would it cost WILL to reach out to Janet and apologize (just to bury it). It seems Will still feels what he did was A OK and he has nothing to apologize for and I have to agree with Janet when she says that humility and apology are not in HIS vocabulary. I'm not saying that you don't have a right to say how you see this because you 100% do but this woman was FIRED by Will Smith not the other way around. Will Smith is lucky that he has had the Career he has but look at how limited it is for women in general. And when Janet left something major left along with her. Black women don't greatest roles or opportunities (and that includes Jada). It's funny how people tell Janet to "let it go" but I have not heard one person say that about Will Smith. NOT ONE.
FURIOUS STYLES's picture

@Furious Styles, I agree with

@Furious Styles, I agree with you 100%. I feel if Will is the stand up guy everybody loves, why hasn't he manned up and just apologize. Even if he feels that he did nothing wrong, apparently, something he said/did hurt Janet and has done so for a long time. Having children now coming up in this business, he ought to show that much respect and empathy. I don't feel Janet should get over it, I just believe when she's asked that question, she answers honestly not fearing man for whether or not she will get any other opportunities in Hollywood. She tells it as she experienced it and I applaud her for that. It was the shoulders of those experienced actors Will's success relied on to help him become who he is today so he should show some respect and homage to all of them including Janet.
Elizabeth's picture

I will say it... "Let it go

I will say it... "Let it go Will"
Anonymous's picture

"IT TAKES TWO TO

"IT TAKES TWO TO FORGIVE" AGREED!
Anonymous's picture

@Furious Riddle me this, what

@Furious Riddle me this, what do you know for a fact that Will did to insult/offend the woman? She was a grown woman and he was a teenaged phenom. She acts like his presence and stature alone was beneath her. I believe the reason everyone is giving her the side eye is because she is the ONLY cast member who has voiced these ill feelings so emotionally and 20 years later at that. The point is, it's water under the bridge at this point. And I can't imagine a forced apology from Will just to shut her up would suffice. This lady holding on to this hostility is what cost her in the end. Like she said, will was a newbie at the time. He didn't have clout. Furthermore, being the older and wiser individual, it was/is her responsibility to set the right example. Just as easily as he can mutter an empty apology, she could genuinely forgive him and move on with her life. Holding on to anger/bitterness is like holding on to hot coal. While you sit and wait on that person to return so you can throw it on them, you are getting burned.
shayshay's picture

He did have clout. The show

He did have clout. The show was built around him, not only was he the star, but, he was also a popular recording artist at the time. Immature was his first name! blowing all of his money within a year. She tried to set an example by not engaging in the dancing, drinking and tomfoolery going on in the next room as it had been reported at the time.
Anonymous's picture

So you don't think Janet need

So you don't think Janet need to let it go? Let me ask you a question would you still hold a grudge on someone after years passed by with still no apology. What is the point in still angry? With 15 years going by an apology probably still wouldn't be enough for Janet because she is too angry.
HaveSeveralSeats's picture

Maybe he should try anyway!

Maybe he should try anyway! What about his role in this! Maybe this is just me, but if someone said that I hurt them (even if I don't recall), then I am going to talk to them, ESPECIALLY if it is 15 years later! Because to me, it is obvious that the person is hurt! All he has to do is set her down and say, "If I have hurt you in ANYWAY, I apologize! I was a kid then and I didn't realize what I was doing, etc." THEN if she still wants to harbor those feelings it isn't his issue!! I think that WIll Smith has a part to play in this and he probably is sitting back relishing in the idea that people feel as if she is BITTER. If he didn't, then he would APOLOGIZE. He's grown and that is the right thing to do. Both of these people have their EGOS in the way.
Anonymous's picture

@HaveSeveralSeats What makes

@HaveSeveralSeats What makes you think she did not let it go? I think with all this time tht has passed she has let it go. Janet is a woman who always knew who she was. I don't think she is thinking about Will Smith. She was asked a question and she answered it. I think she has a right not to deal with the show. The same thing with Lisa Bonet and her not dealing with Bill Cosby. People make choices. I just don't think it's fair for people to attack Janet and give Will a PASS. People don't even know what Will did. Here are some Examples. "I was a dark-skinned, African-American mother, and Will used to tell the you’re-so-black jokes to the audience before the show, and at one point, I came out and stopped him, and the audience went ‘Woooo." "He didn’t understand how unbelievably disrespectful that was to women like me," she said. [Gangsta voice demonstrates Will telling the joke] “Yo mama’s so black, when she looks at her shoes, she thinks she’s looking in the mirror. Ha, ha!” "Hubert said that when she would stop Smith, he would arrogantly retort, “Nobody stops me!” Hubert said a call finally came from Deborah Langford of Quincy Jones’ office. Jones was a producer of the show. According to Hubert, Langford said, ‘We want you to go in front of the cameras, and we want you to tell the world that this was your idea; that you’ve decided to move on.’ Hubert’s response? “Kiss my ass! ... I said, ‘What in the world am I going to get from that?' I’m not Dawnn Lewis. I’m not a slave on an auction block who stands there, and she’s got nothin’, and says (using a high-pitched female voice),‘I’ve decided to move on because it would be good for my career.'” Two way Street......
FURIOUS STYLES's picture

So, what you're saying is

So, what you're saying is Janet came out in the middle of one of Will's performances and stopped him because of her personal feelings. That was not professional. She should have talked to him afterwards, and explained how she felt. And, she told Quincy Jones to kiss her ass? I'm sorry, but even she should have known that would be career suicide. Not to think so, suggest that she was a bit egotistical at the time. Sometimes you just have to play the game. I think she may be angry with herself for the way that she handled that situation, but is still directing that anger at Will. Hindsight is 20/20. And, looking back she may see that she is part of the reason why her career has stalled. I'm not saying Will is innocent in any of this, but neither is she.
Anonymous's picture

What makes me think she

What makes me think she didn't let it go? Well looking at her 'Life After' episode it doesn't seem like she let it go and she still seems hurt by it, but that is what I get from it. You're right about it not being right how people are attacking her especially since a lot of people don't know what REALLY happened between them. She still was the BEST Vivian Banks and no one can take that from her.
HaveSeveralSeats's picture

That show was ruined after

That show was ruined after they fired. It was NEVER the same. Period. Will has to take responsibility for the part that he played in it. A classic was ruined. But she's gonna have to forgive in order to be able move on. It's sad that he's never apologized though.
Anonymous's picture

You are 100% right. I never

You are 100% right. I never followed up with the show after they fired Janet. She definitely needs to move on now though. I know it has to hurt to see the source of your venom gone on to be a big time movie star while you have not reached the same height of success, but she really needs to give it a rest. What a weight to carry around for the rest of her life.
Mabel's picture

at the end of the day, we all

at the end of the day, we all can read whatever we want to read online but none of us were there. yes janet is still bitter and yes she needs to let it go. we don't know what happened on set besides the fact that will did fire her. we can make assumptions about why she was fired but in the end, she was fired. which occurred years ago. & she really needs to be the bigger person & get over it. the show isn't even on air anymore with the exception of syndication. will has obviously moved on & his family is doing very well. i applaud her for never compromising her values but her success (or lack thereof) today had a lot to do with those values.
Anonymous's picture

Damn that lady is bitter ahnd

Damn that lady is bitter ahnd angry as hell. It aint that damn serious. She is too old 4 that mess. What an example 2 set.
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