The Original Aunt Viv RIPS Carlton Banks And The Cast Of ‘Fresh Prince’ After Viral Reunion Photo
Janet Hubert played the original Aunt Viv on Fresh Prince but left the show in 1993 after three seasons with an axe to grind with the show’s young star, Will Smith. Hubert publicly eviscerated Smith for not helping her and her fellow castmates during salary negotiations, claiming that Smith refused to use his leverage to get them a raise–“My deal is my deal, and y’alls deal is y’alls deal,” Smith allegedly told her.
Smith shot back in a radio interview the year she left the show, saying “I can say straight up that Janet Hubert wanted the show to be The Aunt Viv of Bel Air Show. She said once, ‘I’ve been in the business for 10 years and this snotty-nosed punk comes along and gets a show.'”
Nearly 25 years later, time has yet to heal the wounds, evident in Hubert’s comments about a viral reunion picture Alfonso Ribeiro (Carlton) posted to his Instagram on Monday. The picture was snapped at a charity event Hubert did not attend.
In response to the picture, the 61-year-old Hubert took to Facebook to skewer the cast, delivering a knockout blow to poor Carlton.