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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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79 Responses to “'Fresh Prince' Co-Star Slams Will Smith In New Tell-All Book”

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  1. 1
    F u g F a c e M a n ! s t o n Says:

    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..

  2. 2
    HockeyGurL Says:

    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.

  3. 3
    boo Says:

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

  4. 4
    T Says:

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

  5. 5
    ginger Says:

    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.

  6. 6
    jake Says:

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

  7. 7
    jsw Says:

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

  8. 8
    fresh Says:

    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.

  9. 9
    Lola Says:

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

  10. 10
    royal beauty Says:

    @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!

  11. 11
    Roxanne Says:

    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.

  12. 12
    rocky Says:


    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.

  13. 13
    kate Says:

    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.

  14. 14
    F u g F a c e M a n ! s t o n Says:

    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.

  15. 15
    rocky Says:


    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!

  16. 16
    Vickie Says:

    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.

  17. 17
    Felicity Says:

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

    that ***** -.-

    just wants to get into the little spotlight again.

  18. 18
    Mailey Says:

    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.

  19. 19
    janelle Says:

    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.

  20. 20
    shell Says:

    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 ***** 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.

  21. 21
    momo Says:

    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.

  22. 22
    sya Says:

    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.

  23. 23
    Anon Says:

    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.

  24. 24
    Leslie Says:

    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!

  25. 25
    Mailey Says:

    #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………

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