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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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    rOBIN pERSAUD Says:

    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.

  2. 77
    john Says:

    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.

  3. 78
    Suppress your appetite Says:


  4. 79
    Scott Says:

    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 ******** with a bottom line to make.

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