Janet Hubert (the Original Aunt Viv) Wants to Make Amends with Will Smith

Published by on Monday, April 1, 2013 at 10:00 am.

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Janet Hubert may not be looking to become chummy with Wendy Williams any time soon, but there is one nemesis from her past she wants to end the beef with: Will Smith. The actress who played the original Aunt Vivian on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, expressed her desire to end her 20-year-old feud with the Hollywood heavyweight. She even said she would be down to participate in a cast reunion.

Following three seasons of starring on the groundbreaking sitcom, Hubert quit the show in 1993, only to be replaced by Daphne Maxwell Reid. No definite reason was given for her departure. While said it was over her salary and an “episode count dispute,” Smith has maintained that it was because Hubert had a bad attitude on set. As a result, Smith has said, she was dismissed. And thus, the two had bad blood since.

But in an interview with TheGrio.com, Hubert said she wants to reconcile. “We need to heal this,” Hubert said. What words would she use to begin the healing? “You’ve done some things, you’ve said some things, that were totally untrue and you know that they were untrue,” she added. “I’ve said some things that I probably should have never said. … I don’t want to do another 21 years like this. Do you?”

Though the offer of healing old wounds is a nice gesture on Aunt Viv’s part, the only problem will be seeing if Will Smith still gives a hoot about the issue. Given the 21-year-old silence on his part and the gazillions he’s made as a Hollywood power player, it’s hard to think he’s pressed to even give a response.

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