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'Fresh Prince' Co-Star Slams Will Smith In New Tell-All Book

'Fresh Prince' Co-Star Slams Will Smith In New Tell-All Book

Forner Fresh Prince of Bel Air star Janet Hubert, aka Aunt Viv, has penned a tell-all memoir that lashes out at Will Smith for sabotaging her and other actors who worked on the hit comedy.

The 53-year-old actress was fired from the show in 1993 and replaced by actress Daphne Maxwell Reid. Her book “Perfection Is Not A Sitcom Mom” will be released in early 2010.

Here are some explosive excerpts from the book via BVBuzz:

On Will Smith sabotaging his co-stars: “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.”

On a guest star being too impressive an an early rehearsal: “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.”

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  • F u g F a c e M a n ! s t o n

    wow.. she’s bitter. now we all know why she got replaced. hahahahahahahahaha.. jared didn’t even right her name in the title – that’s how unknown she is. hahahahahahahahahaha..

  • HockeyGurL

    Sounds like shes STILL pissed over being fired, Will is laughing now one of the popular bankable men in flim. I always wonder what happen to her.

  • boo

    the message is clear: thin, dark skinned black women have no place in ho-wood.

  • T

    Um, really? She needs to build a bridge and get over this.
    None of the other co-stars have any problems with Will.

  • ginger

    I saw something about this on tv. i think it was a biography on her and when she was talking about being fired, she sounded so extremely bitter and had absolutely nothing good to say about will. well, sucks for her because just about everyone forgot about her or didn’t even bother to check why she wasn’t on fresh prince anymore.

  • jake

    Hey Jared, its Former not Forner, just letting you know

  • jsw

    i love janet hubert!!! she was such a better mom than the one that replaced her. i totally believe the stuff she’s saying!

  • fresh

    Everyone knows Will Smith has the biggest ego but Im not sure how much I trust a disgruntled former coworker who was fired years ago.

  • Lola

    Is she that desperate for roles that she has to cut others down? Maybe Will had a bit of an ego, but who cares?

  • royal beauty

    @boo: I challenge your opinion…but you have a point. One does not typically see thin, dark skinned women….it’s too unconventional. As much as Ho-wood….or Hollywierd would like to say they view everyone equally, it’s just not true. As a beautiful, dark skin woman, I would love to see women who look more like me, but I don’t let the media, tv, or dictate how beautiful I know I am, others should follow suit. There are beautiful woman in every ethnicity, I wish everyone could just appreciate that fact, and move forward.

    I can believe Aunt Viv…I like her better she always did the “Phhhhiiiilllppp…” LOL, so much better. Will strikes me as someone with a very big ego, confidence is fine, but ego can be dangerous!

  • Roxanne

    Boo…you have a point, black actresses that look like her does not make it too far in hollywood. Unless they are playing a certain type of role. Halle Berry made it that far on her looks, because I don’t think she’s that great of an actress.

    To me she was the funnier of the two Aunt Viv, and maybe she’s right about Will Smith because he does come across as having a big ego, and Don Cheadle is indeed a wonderful actor and doesn’t get the credit he deserves.

  • rocky


    ITA!! Good for her! Let the world know that Mr. Smith is not as sweet and wonderful as he portrays himself to be. Someone once told me that the bad things you do will come back and haunt you, no matter what. Well, they sure have for Mr. Will.

  • kate

    She’s desperate to sell a book. She was the better Mom, but it seems odd to me that no one else has come out with stories like this. Seems opportunistic to me.

  • F u g F a c e M a n ! s t o n

    she cant blame will for what his handlers did, and wanted. he was new, and the STAR of the show – so much they didn’t even change his name. LOL.. cant blame them for wanting the star to be, and stay the star… not to mention ALL the other cast members shined, a lot.

  • rocky


    Whoopi once said that dark women don’t get the roles because Hollywood is hung up with ligher skinned women.

    I so much enjoyed Janet Hubert than Daphne Maxwell Reid. I’ll never forget the episode where she wanted to show up her friends that she could still dance. The woman is a great dancer!

  • Vickie

    Who would read a book by Janet Hubert? Who would even know that name? She had to put some dirt in the book to sell it. Trying to get back in the spotlight.

  • Felicity

    I always thought she was the *better mom*
    but now?

    that bitch -.-

    just wants to get into the little spotlight again.

  • Mailey

    Well, the book is prolly the only way she can rake in some cash. People have to eat and live, afterall. And someone might be better esp since Will is super hot and and super rich lol I luv Will tho, I think he’s awesome.

  • janelle

    She was a much better mom than the second lady. She claims she was fired because of her skin color being darker. Is that true or is she just really bitter? Either way she is a pretty lady and great actress.

  • shell

    I’m glad America isn’t buying into this crap. We have never heard anything from the other co-stars about Will. Not to mention he was a kid back then what kid who’s made it big on a huge tv series doesn’t have a huge ego. This bitch is just trying to sell her book because no one remembers her name. This is the only way she’s able to get the book recognition. Sad part is she’s trying to attack one of America’s most beloved actors for stuff he may or may not of done when he was a kid.

  • momo

    Janet was fortunate to get a role in a very popular and successful sitcom — during the height of it’s popularity. It was called “The Fresh Prince of Belair” not “Miss Viv of Belair.”

    Time to move on.

  • sya

    Well, I’m judging her on her acting ability alone (which is only fair) and I still think that she was the “better mom”. Without a doubt, I loved her fab portrayal of Aunt Viv. I’m not going to get into the ‘black actresses- hollywood debate’ but I will say this, light skinned actresses are hardly making headway in Hollywood, just look at Halle Berry’s career path (and the new level she’s having to stoop to get noticed), and she won an oscar. Any hint of black, that’s noticable, is going to go against the actress…. sad but true. Black men have it slightly easier.

  • Anon

    Even if she were getting spotlight from this, the point is she is risking more by revealing the ugly truth of what went on behind the scenes. for sure she will be blacklisted as a result.

    It is an unspoken ugly truth that black actors all know..that very few black who once they make it on top do they like sharing the spotlight or want another black actor/actress to shine ..the solidarity is not there because of insecurity.

    It’s stupid for anyone to think she’s going to get rich off this book..tell all books don’t make mega $$$..

    The same people who call Tom Cruise for being a egocentic loony toon Scientologist won’t see that his best pal Will Smith who is also a Scientologist could very well not be just as egocentric.

  • Leslie

    For those who have negative things to say about Janet Hubert, why don’t you wait to read the book before doing so? I’m sure the entire book is not just on Will Smith. Some of you people just make me laugh!

  • Mailey

    #21: snap! ur so right lol yah it was fresh *prince* of bel-air totally.. so of course it should focus on will. plus, other posters are right, im pretty sure i read will is still good friends with alfonso (i think the guy who plays carlton?) and also jazzy jeff, as well as the girl who played carlton’s sister! so they dont seem better at all, it’s just this lady………

  • M

    Bitter bitter old hag. And nice of her to throw the race card in there too. Sorry black people… you can’t play that card anymore. We have a BLACK president now. All of your whining about how you are denied this and that because of your skin color is all BS. Get over it.

  • Bittersweetrc

    E! THS talked about this…the reason Janet was fired and I wasn’t and am not surprised. I’m quite happy she’s revealing it all, despite the critics..I think she was unfairly treated.

  • taylorswiftfan

    @M. Obama is light-skinned and mixed so his presidency doesn’t refute the fact that it’s a lot tougher for dark-skinned blacks. I agree people ought to complain less and stop blaming others for their obstacles in life but don’t think for a second discrimination was somehow magically eradicated. Try to have some compassion for others and their struggles. Life is never an easy journey for anyone but we can still be empathetic to them.

    Janet, you were definitely the better mom but this book comes off as desperate and trashy. Try to take down the most bankable movie star in the world just to make a dime won’t help you. I love Will so I’m biased but how many years later is this? Get over it girl!

  • Max

    Oh pooh pooh pooh. Fresh Prince was a vehicle for Will Smith because he was so popular at the time. Millions of young black people tuned in because of him, not because of her. And if she was all that how come she never made it on to another show? If dark skin really was an issue there is a thing called make-up.

  • LuckyL

    Lmao, why do I believe this b*tch?

    But anyway, I don’t know where she mentioned skin color, but I remember from True Hollywood or whatever, is was more about her demanding more pay and not getting along with her co-stars, sort of like that blond chick from Cheers or many other such shows back in the day.

  • Roxanne

    @taylorswiftfan: I agree with you, not because we have a black president doesn’t mean that discrimination still doesn’t exits in this country and around the world.

  • amber

    #21, you took the words out of my mouth!! it was a show about will smith, not the old washed up wannabe actress.

  • lyn

    she’s just jealous and bitter that Will Smith is a star and makes tons of money. Also she just wrote this book that no one will buy because she probably just needs money

  • jake


    Why is it that when a black guy is doesn’t something wrong, just like Chris Brown, the argument is he is just a kid.

    For all the Black Women here please explain to me why ? I honestly don’t get it. Shouldn’t black men be held accountable ? Kids are not naturally bad. Their behavior usually stems from their upbringing and home.

  • Tj

    This kind of stuff goes on ALL the time behind closed doors on sets everyday, Some “Cleberties” who seem like the nicest people can be quite the diva! trust me…
    It’s pretty amazing that Janet came forward to talk about this, She took a big risk and she should be applauded!
    Alot of actors NEVER disscuss this type of thing in fear of losing future work.
    good for her! I had heard from “other people” that Will Smith was a bit of a Diva ( well more than a bit )

  • Jen

    I give her the benefit of the doubt. I always did wonder why she was fired, she was the better mom for sure.

  • bitchetta

    What a bi*t*ch……..she needs to crawl back to the deep hole she came from…..

  • shurly

    I think she’s right and I can’t wait to read her book. Nobody is perfect and Will Smith is certainly not. All of this doesn’t surprise me at all.

    People think she’s bitter, but maybe she saw stuff that none of you saw. Why not let her give her side of the story ? She has every right to do so.

  • Voice of reason

    The race card is so overused that it’s hardly holding up anymore. I believe it’s this easy excuse to throw out there anytime someone loses out to someone who was most likely more qualified or things don’t work in their favor at any given time. Come on… how many times do things work out UNfairly simply because people are afraid to get the word racist labeled on them? And if I threw the race card every time something didn’t work out for me, I’d be the girl who cried racism.

    BUT going back to topic rather than dwelling on your comments: I do believe she was the better Viv but I definitely don’t think she was fired based on outshining Will because I see no evidence of that. And her throwing her skin tone in there when it was an all black cast? That screams desperation syrup over an already desperation sundae.

  • roosta

    I didnt even know she was fired, but I don’t really remember her on the show anyway. She sounds bitter and butthurt lol

  • http://justjared WHAT THE HELL

    This bitch is just jealous and bitter Will Smith was the star of the show of course the focus was going to be on him.
    People like Alfonso Ribeiro and Tatyana Ali don’t have a problem with Will they are actually his friends I remember Will being on Tatyana’s music video for support when she had her first single I remember because I loved her song and the video and the fact that Will was in it .
    Neither of her arguments hold water .

  • LUma

    I believe her, I can’t stand Will smith and her wife Jada(we are the happiest couple in the world, we are so in love, we have great sex , arghhh )

  • mertz

    i love janet hubert-whitten. i was always glad to have someone i saw who represented me be on tv. always been glad to have great family based sitcoms on tv among the saved by the bells, full house, seinfelds, etc…miss the cosby show (but i can see it on reruns on tbs). not sruprised by her allegations though. lots of people who were on the show said the same thing, and also have great things to say about will. it’s nothing new. yeah it sounds bitter, but she’s telling her truth.

    just because obama is president, or just because sotamayor is going to a chief justice in the supreme court, just because oprah maintains a media empire in a business dominated/owned by men (white men at that), just because there have been so many other firsts, with people of colour/ethnicities earning their positions of high power like the govenor general who is haitian canadian, or ms sirleaf becoming the president of liberia, or angela merckle being the most powerful politician in germany/most influential women in the world…that only helps the change to continue BUT that DOESN’T change the REALITY for many many many many people of colour of all ethnicities, and also for women to be treated equally. times are changing, sometimes i think not fast enough, but i am patient enough to know that good things will happen, if not for me then a couple of generations down. i never believed (although i hoped) that there would ever be an african american, mixed race or not, to ever be president in america. lol. and yet it happened.

    chris brown needs to repent for what he did. being a youth doesn’t make his actions excusable, and the same goes for rihanna and her behaviour. that stuff happens all the time in relationships of couples from different ethnicities…it’s not just because he’s black that he did what he did, or his race is what makes his actions excusable. also society had to realize that individuals should be held responsible for their actions, and that the collective of a society has a huge responsibility of the perceptions that it represents itself’s to kids as real or acceptable. i mean if a person grows up and doesn’t have parents in his/her life…how are they supposed to know what’s right or wrong, or know what to do. there is a huge children raising children syndrome going on in the world, and society needs to know that it’s okay to help out someone who doesn’t have what you do. there’s a lot of kids growing up finding their own way who have nothing, and their struggle of survivable is truley admirable. adults need to stand up and set good examples for kids.

  • royal beauty

    @jake: Jake—I am an African American woman, and I have an African American husband, and he is the father of our two children. He is responsible, loving, and faithful. He is a provider, an anomaly, (not just as an African American but as a modern day man) and I have never, and will never make an excuse for him not exercising ethics, because I don’t have to. Honestly, we can go there, but if you’re going to ask the question, look beyond color. It is my belief that there is a disportionate amount of discussion about African American men not be responsible, but the same can be said about every other race. When one behaves inappropriately, they should be held accountable. I don’t make excuses for anyone, but please, get off the pedestal, it happens in every race. Poor parenting can also lead to feelings of inferiority which manifest in creating laws that deliberately inhibit others to compete (i.e. banning African Americans to read, Jim Crow laws separate but equal etc) and incidents such as the Oklahoma city bombing, the recent murder of the security guard at the Holocaust museum, just to name a few. EVERYONE NEEDS TO TAKE RESPONSIBLITY for their own actions.

  • M

    @ taylorswiftfan: Are you telling me that if he was darker he wouldn’t be as accomplished as he is? Wow you sound like a racist. Again… another excuse to play the race card. It’s not good enough a black man is in the White House… now he is merely a “light-skinned mixed black man” so it’s not the same. Whatever.

  • s

    Wow she is 63? Time just flies.. Thanks for the post.

    lol at you people running around defending Will Smith without even knowing jack about Huberts experience with him. The show was great, but please, don’t act like his crap doesn’t smell just like yours.

  • marisa720

    Jake #34 .What are you talking about? And everybody doesn’t make excuses for Chris Brown or other black men. But what are people supposed to do be ignorant and send him death threats. He’ll have his day in court. Besides you don’t know what she is saying is true or not because she’s the only one who has been complaining for 20 years. So the question may be why do white men believe everything they read about black people and judge them more harshly? See how ignorant of a blanket question that is?

    Anyway, I don’t see where race was talked about in the above article. However, I have heard Janet talk about how Hollywood is a celebration of youth and being white.

    And it’s true about how darker skin women are treated that’s no secret that proof is in the movies you see etc. And for people who are tired of hearing the race card , well there are more subltes about race than people realize so that’s and ignorant statement and people who say that aren’t very observant and delusional.

    However, what does she want somebody to do about it. It’s easier to do the best you can and attitude whether you are black or white goes a long way.

    As for Will having a big ego 20 years ago who cares. I wouldn’t want to be judged by who I was 20 years ago. We evolve. She has chose her own career path after that. Is that his fault too? I’m guessing she may have been fired maybe because of her own ego and attitude. She wasn’t just part of the cast the premise wasn’t based off her.

  • mertz

    lol. if he was darker he probably wouldn’t have made it in the white house at all, and if he was darker there would be more things like what that republican staff lady did recently putting eyes on a black square to symbolize obama. i may be perpetuating the cycle of racism, which isn’t good, and this isn’t an excuse, but i’ve lived knowing that i was always second class to my counterparts, and always known my family will always be a certain way and fit a certain demographic and all that stuff. it’s real. you can meet some of the nicest people and you will never know that in their heart of hearts they hate you/are racist. i wear mine on my sleeve, and i continue to learn from my prejudices. i am not a “racist” but i may think in a way that fits that despcription at times. anyways the reality was changed a little by obama’s election but there’s still time to go. it’s not only about blacks. it’s about people of all colour. i never knew why i was one of 3 in a school of hundreds where i was one of the only people of colour, i didn’t know why it was okay to laugh at me and not others, i didn’t know why my italian friends all live on one side of the tracks and me on the other and why i have to live a certain way without affluenece and have to struggle for everything i get while my friends can click their fingers and get everything. LIFE ISN’T FAIR, but there’s no need to wallow in the sh*t. you can take lemons and make lemonade. yeah you have a point about people who always subscribe to certain mentalities but if it’s their reality then why can’t they say that…not all black people are like obama, and not all dark skinned people are like osama. the colour of people’s skin is relative. don’t see colour first, see people first.

  • cutiepie32


    Where did you read 63? It says she 53.

  • jaey

    Will Smith isn’t the ‘nice’ guy people think he is. I saw him on Tavis Smiley’s show a while back. Basically he said NO ONE helped him to get where he is today, he said he did it ALL BY himself. I could tell Smiley was taken about by the statement and tried to at least to get him to admit that people gave him a chance by putting him in tv or the movies, but he wouldn’t sway from the statement that it’s ALL HIM. I didn’t know at the time that he was involved with Scientology, but what he said then fits in with their teachings.

    Tavis asked him what would he have done if people hadn’t financed his movies or distributed them, he said he would have done it himself. But of course he would have needed the MONEY to do that and in the beginning , he didn’t have it. He has lost most of the money he made as a Rap Singer. It’s only because people DID take a chance on him that he got to be where he is today, but he’s so STUCK on himself that he doesn’t want to give ANYONE else any credit.

    As far as him being friends with Jazzy Jeff, Jazzy said himself that getting in touch with Will Smith is near impossible. IF Will was truly his friend, he would have Will’s cellphone number; I bet Tom Cruise has it. . Smith doesn’t have time for his OLD friends. He’s most likely to be hobnobbing with Tom Cruise than Jazzy Jeff.

    Janet Hubert was and is a better actress than Reid. I never understood why she was replaced. As for what she said, it is easy enough to verify since she named names. Those in a position to do so can asked these other people if what she said took place. Of course, there might be those AFRAID to do so since Will Smith has a certain amount of power in Hollywood. Never underestimate the power of money.

    As for the question about color, yes prejudice because of color very much exists today even among black people. Why wouldn’t it exist in Hollywood. Will Smith’s co-stars these days are likely to be anything OTHER than a BLACK WOMAN. Why isn’t he using his millions to promote his own people in movies since he’s all that?