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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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  • mertz

    lol. how funny is it that he says that stuff but always brings up how much tom cruise has helped him no? yeah. what janet said is nothing new. it may sound/look bitter but it’s her truth and i bet she’s not off the mark. still love him though. pompousness and humbleness, flaws and all.

  • truvy

    She was by far the better Viv. I thought the show went downhill after she left. If I were her, I’d be bitter too.

    Will Smith is an egomaniac.

  • taylorswiftfan

    @M. Janet says she was fired because she was too dark. She was replaced by another African-American with lighter skin. I never said Obama would not have gotten into the White House if he were darker (whether that’s true or not I don’t know). I’m saying because he is lighter, you can’t use his presidency as an example of darker skinned blacks not facing discrimination anymore. Even if he were darker skinned, that doesn’t mean that suddenly there is no racism against all dark-skinned men in America. Yes it’s fantastic you (Americans) have reached a place where a person of colour can be elected to the most powerful position in the country and possibly the world but that doesn’t change the fact racism and discrimination still exist. Comments like “there’s a black guy as president so no more excuses” which even Will Smith who I adore has said, can be misleading. I hate excuses, and there is no reason for ignorance to hold you back but just to be redundant, ignorance, hatred, and discrimination still exist.
    I’m not racist and I don’t see how that can be concluded from anything I’ve posted…

  • kim

    woman still upset and crying that will has a big career and amazing career and tons of people who love him.

    get over it.

  • andrea

    a little jealous i think
    just because will smith made it big and she didn’t

  • marisa

    don’t like will smith. never will. he has too big of an ego.

  • http://justjared love will

    Will got what it takes to make it he proved it over an over again with his number one movies and number one albums and his Oscar nomination that is why he is one of the biggest and more powerful celebrities out there and this woman is a no body AND HAS TO NAME DROP HIM TO SELL HER BOOK OTHERWISE NO ONE WOULD KNOW WHO THE HELL SHE IS AND WOULDN’T BUY IT.

  • Splum

    Anyone who slams Smith…I’ll read their book.
    I don’t remember Cheadle on the show, and I’m a big fan of his.

  • suzz

    I thought she was excellent … the other actress was so so boring.

    So, maybe she got a point … she was good … they got rid of her. hmmm

  • aeon

    # 27 Bittersweetrc @ 06/18/2009 at 12:30 pm
    E! THS talked about this…the reason Janet wa

    # 50 jaey @ 06/18/2009 at 3:46 pm

    Kudos to Jaey and Bittersweetrc well thought out comment. I like Will but I am not blinded by his ego or status. I remember reading about this a long time ago regarding Janet Hubert and how unfair it was that she was so unfairly treated. Plus she was pregnant at the time and yes it had to do with her skin color. According to the execs she was too dark for the role and not pretty enough. That made me so mad.

    However, having said that she does sound a little bitter after all this time to come out with a book. Everyone in the black community knows the story and of Will’s ego. That’s too bad she came out with the book now that he is on top. I guess she is looking to get paid.

  • lakers fan in boston

    who cares
    she’s just mad that will is the only guy that has an actual career after that show
    personally i hated all the aunt vivs
    they were boring
    i always wondered why they changed it as a kid lol
    now i no =]

  • lori


    can she PLEASE get over this bullshit. okay yea he sabatoged you. you said that 10 million times!

    what are you going to do about it. nobody cares. he’s famous. your not nearly as famous as him. and nobody else on the show was bitter about that “if its true”.

    i liked you as aunt viv okay. but will was the MAIN ACTOR!.

    of course he’s supposed to do the late shows and shit. not the other ones, before the show even gets around.

    god get over it

    will has, everyone else has, not you

    GET. OVER. IT!

    AND GET ON WITH YOUR CAREER. you’ll fin that people will actually give a shit if your more fmaous.

  • just me

    She was a customer of the bank I worked for at the height of her time on the show and into the time after she was fired. She is the nicest, sweetest most down to earth woman you could ever meet! Her little boy was very young at the time and she had him with her often and they would be on their way to the park or to go horseback riding or some fun thing. We all loved her and her big smile. I believe her and wish her the best!

  • Adri

    Politics suck whether it’s in Hollywood or in real life, but the fact is that politics always exist. I wouldn’t think it was Will because he really was just a kid for the early part of Fresh Prince. It was his people who knew what to do to make him the biggest star. She was the better mom, I remember wondering why in the world they would replace her w/ the new one who really didn’t bring much to the table. Janet was funny! It probably was unfair that she got fired. I think there’s some truth to what she says.

  • selena


    thank you lol

  • Orig Malibumom

    I think she should have a discussion with Isaiah Washington. Acting is not a privilege, it’s a job. You are basically owned for a while by those who pay your salaries. I agree that it was not her show. I agree that there is a disparity between the success of some African Americans and others. However, we must remember Denzel is not light-skinned. He is talented. Honestly I believe the true issue between the races has more to do with economics than race. But that is a really long discussion that I can’t engage in at this time. I believe Mrs. Hubert-W. should have learned the profitable way of disagreeing. There is a difference between the profitable way to disagree, and the non-profitable way to disagree (not just limited to Hollywood). I think Tyler P has shown us what it takes to go forward and it’s not necessarily light skin. Love the discussion-
    Oh yeah and by the way – to the poster a while back-You have every right to disagree-I have nothing against JJ-I don’t have the same amount of time to post as I did years ago-I still love jen and BP and AJ-it’s not an inclusive/exclusive issue with me-They are just ppl

  • mertz

    Splum @ 06/18/2009 at 6:43 pm Anyone who slams Smith…I’ll read their book.
    I don’t remember Cheadle on the show, and I’m a big fan of his.

    In 1990, he appeared in an episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air titled “Homeboy, Sweet Homeboy”, playing Will Smith’s friend Ice Tray.

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  • Martin

    I like the guy in the movies. I think in real lifer is a kind of…not a nice person to be around.

    just my 2 cents.

  • Vestes de Cuisine

    Why?? Will Smith is amazing!

  • Fresh prince fan

    I believe Janet Hubert. Take Carlton for example: He was a smart and confident student who aspired to go to Yale or Princeton. By the end of the show, he was portrayed as this loser dork who had no friends, couldn’t have a girlfriend, and became known for the “Carlton dance.” And Hilary: She was a confident “snob” but ended up being portrayed as an “airhead” who can’t decide “with the hat or without the hat.” Maybe Will wasn’t the one who sabotaged everyone but there was definitely something wrong. Janet really had character and brought in some energy to the show.

  • nunyabidness

    notice this show has ended 10 years ago and shes the only co-star that has anything negative to say about will or nbc or the show in general? 10 years, and not one peep out of anybody else. i guess james avery, alfonso ribeiro, karen parsons or joseph marcell must have been brainwashed into thinking what she thinks about will.

    and to those of you saying it was a race thing, why then was tatyana chosen to be ashley banks? they couldve gone with someone with lighter skin, right? it had nothing to do with the color of her skin and or else. will smith didnt have that type of influence at the time.

    and guess what? characters change. remember when family matters basically morphed into the steve urkel show? you think jaleel white demanded that the directors give him more airtime or something? any changes in characters are done with the writers and exexcutives.

  • krissy

    Let’s ask Oprah what she thinks about Will after wats her face have a sit down interview with Oprah. Oh yeah she doesn’t so far so let’s hold our breathes. Maybe she isn’t as innocent as she seems. When she first left the show word had it she was too demanding about her wardrobe, lines, and the food that was prepared for her. YOU ONLY GET SO MUCH YOUR WAY IN HOLLYWOOD and everything your way at BURGERKING!!! LOL!!!!

  • Liz

    Janet, was accomplished long before the “Fresh Prince” I believe she has finally decided to spill the beans, I personally like Will Smith, however I do believe he was disrespectful and the yo mama so black jokes is totally awful, r u kidding me. I had so much admiration for he and Jada and their little family. His ego is out out bounds and he and his wife need to stop swapping partners. NASTY!!!!!!! Just NASTY!!!!!!

  • Anotherhuman

    She always struck me as, “having an agenda.” While she is a very good actress, if you REALLY watch her (movements, speech patterns, etc), it seems that she almost thought she was better than all of her co-stars. There were a few episodes where it was evident that she really doesn’t care for white people. Daphne Maxwell just seemed more down to earth and laid back.


    It is easy to say “get over it “,but actors make so much more money than the average worker. Imagine making such a lucrative check and then all of a sudden being fired unjustly. This unjust firing probally affected her entire family and nice lifestyle. She was really good on Fresh Prince, tall, model like ,with beautiful clothes and a sense of style, she really brought a lot to the show. It’s a pity that blacks are a race of people that work against each other instead of supporting each other. I believe her about what happened. If it had been my show I would not have let such a good actress be fired without trying to put in a good word for her. I believe when you do ugly things to people you get it back eventually. God does not like ugly.

  • http://none john

    That was one of the best moves the show ever made, letting her go. The replacement mother was much better. I always hated Janet on that show.

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  • Scott

    Hollywood is a cut-throat industry wrought with stories of back-stabbing, wrist-slitting contract negotiations and ego’s; all centered around one thing…MONEY. Only the elite get what they want most of the time but there are still fights, accusations and of course…ego’s and MONEY.

    The industry is less about talent and more about…MONEY…than anything else. Not money for entertainers but a return on money for investors who make it all happen to begin with.

    Not all investors are greedy little bastards with a bottom line to make.