The highly-anticipated reunion of 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' cast is live on HBO Max and features Will Smith and the original Aunt Viv, Janet Hubert, making amends after nearly three decades of bad blood.
Making a long story, short, Smith and Hubert became at odds when Smith allegedly called her "difficult" to work with and expressed his opinion that she wanted the show to be all about her. Hubert was replaced with a different Viv, Daphne Maxwell Reid, following the third season.
But fans never really knew the true story until now, as Hubert explained that she got pregnant during her final season and endured a lot of turmoil in her life behind the scenes, including an abusive marriage.
Smith, who was 21 years old at the time, admitted in a separate interview during the reunion that he "wasn’t sensitive" to Hubert's hardships away from the camera and "now that I’ve had three kids I’ve learned some things that I did not know at the time and I would do things very differently. But I can see where I made the set very difficult for Janet."
Speaking with Hubert directly, Will revealed that he felt like "everything was a threat" to him and that he was "so driven by fear." Hubert offered more context on her side of the story, saying that being labeled "difficult" was the "kiss of death" for her acting career. "I didn’t who to trust because I had been banished. And they said it was you who banished me. Because you were Will. It was hard."
Finally, on the verge of tears, Will thanked her for her honesty and they exchanged apologies. Everything came full circle when she placed her hand on Smith's cheek and he softly told her, “You’re still my Aunt Viv."
Hubert tweeted, "My heart is so full right now... Will you have freed me from this prison. Thank you!"
At first, the rest of the cast didn't even know they were going to see the conversation. The cherry on top was that Hubert was allowed to join everyone on the original set where she met Reid for the first time.
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