Will The 21-Year-Old Drama END?? Janet Hubert Talks What Really Caused Her To Leave “Fresh Prince” And Squashing Beef With Will Smith
After thrusting herself back into the spotlight with a scathing open letter to Wendy Williams, Janet Hubert has a few more things she wants to get off her chest. In an interview with theGrio, she finally set the record straight for those who keep asking about why she had to leave The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, says that she would love to reunite with all the cast (even the replacement Vivian, Daphne Reid), why she wants to stop all the animosity between herself and Will Smith, and why she hopes the way he has treated her and others in the past won’t affect the legacy of his children. Eh, you read that right.
Hubert says the contract NBC expected her to take, which required her to do no work outside of the Fresh Prince and therefore would decrease her income was an outrageous one. And when they wanted her to go public and say that the contract was something she allegedly came up with, she said “Hell no.” Things went downhill from there:
“It was a negotiation that should have come back like most do. We were a very successful show and I felt like I was an integral part of that, and felt valuable, but you cannot feel valuable in Hollywood.”
How things between Hubert and Smith (and even Alfonso Ribeiro) got so ugly after her departure from the show:
“I think what happened, because the audience was so on my side at that time, that Will probably felt like he needed to go out, and he needed to tell a lot of lies. Alphonso went out to a college and told a lot of lies, but the problem is I have proof that a lot of that didn’t happen.”
Feud reports between Hubert and Smith beefed up once again when TMZ published a photo of the cast of the Fresh Prince meeting up and Hubert was not present. On what she wants to say to Will Smith:
“I would say to him, we need to heal this. You’ve done some things, you’ve said some things, that were totally untrue and you know that they were untrue. I’ve said some things that I probably should have never said. But you’ve never heard them come from my mouth. Especially the TMZ thing last Christmas; my Mom passed away. So there I was again in the media getting beaten up…and you get tired. I’m tired. Aren’t you tired Will?”
And she says that she feels for Smith’s children, because she sees how people attack them in the media. She goes on to explain why she hopes his past behavior won’t have a negative impact on the way people view his children:
“My heart breaks from some of the comments that people make about his children. And for the damage that you may have done to someone else, your children may suffer… for your legacy.”
Hmmm, for Hubert’s sake, I hope these two can mend things because 21 years is too long to hold so much anger in your heart. Plus, it’s just a tired conversation in general. How long ago was that sitcom!?
See her conversation with theGrio in full on the next page: