We begin with a warning: This report will upset you – perhaps even hurtle you into a deep depression -- if you adore Philadelphia’s greatest export since Benjamin Franklin, actor Will Smith, as much as you ought.
(Feel dizzy as you read? Call 911 immediately.)
The report, originally from TMZ, is about the conspicuous absence of Janet Hubert at a recent cast reunion of Will's breakthrough TV hit, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. (Watch it online for free.)
Hubert, the first of two actors who played Will’s beloved Aunt Vivian, tells TMZ she wasn't invited because ... she HATES (TMZ's CAPITALIZATION, baby) Will Smith!
Hubert was featured in the first three seasons of the show, completing 70 episodes. Daphne Maxwell Reid took the role in 1993 when Hubert was fired, and went on to star in 57 episodes till the show’s demise in 1996 after six seasons.
“There will never be a reunion [between Will and I]. as I will never do anything with an [bleep] like Will Smith,” Hubert said.
“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.”
Why should Will apologize?
Hubert, 55, claims she was fired from the show because she failed to flatter and praise Will and help otherwise support Will’s (allegedly) gigantonormous ego.
Producers of the NBC show said at the time Hubert was let go because they could not agree on a contract. Some reports indicate she displeased her bosses when she became pregnant. It’s an odd claim, since the show worked the pregnancy into the story: Vivian became pregnant with her first child, Nicky Banks.
Hubert has since said her bosses decided to cut her number of episodes and her salary as retaliation for her becoming pregnant.
Will has yet to respond to TMZ’ report, but he has previously refuted Hubert’s claims.
He told an Atlanta radio station in 1993 that Hubert had a bad attitude and that she was jealous Smith was given his own show at such a young age.
“[Hubert] said once, ‘I've been in the business for 10 years and this snotty-nosed punk comes along and gets a show’,” TMZ quotes Will as saying on air.
“No matter what, to her I'm just the AntiChrist”
Let your anger and upset melt away with music. Here’s the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song.