“Will Smith is still an egomaniac and has not grown up!”: Janet Hubert rubbishes rumours of a Fresh Prince Of Bel Air reunion
The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air cast reunion photo posted by Will Smith on his Facebook page sparked fond memories for most.
But one former cast member- notably absent from the shot- was not so happy to see the reference to that chapter of her career.
Janet Hubert – who played Will Smith”s aunt Vivian in the sitcom, has rubbished rumours sparked by the picture, saying: “There will never be a reunion … as I will never do anything with an a**hole like Will Smith.”
Still sore: Janet Hubert- pictured with Jeff Clanigann, has made it clear that she is not a fan former Fresh Prince of Bel Air co-star Will Smith
She told TMZ: “He is still an egomaniac and has not grown up. This constant reunion thing will never ever happen in my lifetime unless there is an apology, which he doesn”t know the word.”
Hubert, who left the show in 1993 halfway through its six year run, has blamed Smith for her departure since, claiming she was dismissed because she refused to bow to his ego.
Smith has refuted the claims however, and told an Atlanta radio station after her departure that Hubert had a bad attitude.
Reunion: Will Smith got together with his old Fresh Prince chums, from left Tatyana Ali (who played Ashley Banks), Karyn Parsons (Hilary), Alfonso Ribeiro (Carlton) and James Avery (Philip)
Tension: Smith and Hubert (top left) never got on, and she has blamed him for her dismissal from the show in 1993
“[Hubert] said once, “I”ve been in the business for 10 years and this snotty-nosed punk comes along and gets a show.” No matter what, to her I”m just the AntiChrist,” the actor said.
It would appear that the animosity between the pair has not yet subsided.
Bitter:The reason for Janet”s dismissal from the Fresh Prince of Bel Air in 1993 has been disputed
The Fresh Prince of Bel Air which aired from 1990 until 1996, was staple for a generation of teenagers in the US and abroad.
It has been claimed that Hubert- who was replaced by Daphne Reid after three years on the show- violated her contract when she became pregnant.
A new character Nicky Banks was worked into the plot to accommodate the situation.
Hubert and Smith were reportedly at odds long before the pregnancy however.
Will, 43, said he was delighted to be able to see the rest of his second family in the run up to Christmas at a special charity event last week.
He said: “Got the Holiday season started right with a Fresh Prince of Bel Air reunion.
“There”s nothin” like spending Holidays with fam!”
A reunion picture- not including Hubert- was taken last week at a luncheon for the charity Sweet Blackberry, which was founded by Karyn Parsons, who played airhead weather girl Hilary on the show.
Other cast members present were Tatyana Ali, who played his little cousin Ashley, Alfonso Ribeiro who played his snobby cousin Carlton and James Avery, who was the Banks family patriarch Uncle Phil.
Sadlymissing was Joseph Marcell, who played the Banks” butler Geoffrey, Daphne Reid who filled the role of matriarch Aunt Vivian from 1993-6.
The Fresh Prince of Bel Air followed the adventures of a fictionalised version of Will himself.
Aftergetting into trouble with a local gang his mother decides to send him to stay with her wealthy and successful sister in the posh Bel Air area of Los Angeles.
Stayed away: The Fresh Prince cast got together at the 5th annual 2005 BET Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood in 2005, but Hubert was not present
It was notable for Will”s often eccentric choices of early 90s clothing, with the rapper displaying a particular fondness for dayglo pinks.
Amazinglythe future movie superstar only agreed to appear in the show as he was in massive debt problems with the IRS, owing $2.8 million after overspending on the income he earned from his then successful career as arapper.
It became a launchpad for his hugely successful acting career, which has saw him star in box office hits such as Independence Day, Men In Black and Ali.
Still on top: Will posed with his real family, son Jaden, wife Jada Pinkett, and daughter Willow at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert at Oslo Spektrum earlier this month