Janet Hubert, Aunt Viv from Fresh Prince of Bellaire, is back for part two of her exclusive interview with Eurweb. Aunt Viv has a new tell-all book coming out, spilling the beans on the behind the scenes drama that led to her departure. I loved Janet Hubert as Aunt Viv and I don’t know what happened behind the scenes, but I was mad when the new Viv was thrust upon us with her obviously inferior acting skills. At the least, they could have found someone similar to Janet Hubert like Vanessa Bell Calloway.
When asked by Bailey if she got any support from her fellow, older cast members Hubert’s authentic, guttural laugh implies a negative.
“Let me explain something to you about Hollywood Negroes,” she begins. “Hollywood negroes are afraid to not eat. Everybody out there is so afraid that they’re going to lose that job! And that job and that money supercede e-v-e-r-y, s-i-n-g-l-e thing in life! People in Hollywood, in my opinion, would step on their baby’s face for a deal. If their baby is in the way, they will kick that baby out of the way for that money.”
Hubert says she was a mess during those last months with ‘Fresh Prince’ – dropping down to 104 lbs. She had no milk to [breast] feed her baby anymore because she had lost too much body fat. She said Will insulted everything in her world, including her husband – who he knew was not employed at the time, saying, “Well, I don’t know, he looks a little soft to me.”
Standing strong she replied, “…Well, you might know soft, but that’s not my husband!” Hubert said she was totally alone.
After her ‘Fresh Prince’ contract was not renewed, and Smith went on his alleged slander campaign, Hubert took her case to court, spending $98K out of her own pocket in attorney’s fees. “Will hid behind NBC’s panties, I swear,” she said, after she filed a slander suit against the actor and NBC.
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