Will Smith apologises to Janet Hubert in Fresh Prince reunion – Digital Spy

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The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air reunion has been a big talking point ever since Will Smith first announced it earlier this year.

The actor reunited with the stars of the 90s show, including original Aunt Viv actress Janet Hubert. Hubert left the show in season three and was replaced with Daphne Maxwell Reid.

Hubert and Smith have had a difficult relationship in the past, with the actress blaming Smith for being fired and publicly bashing him on various occasions.

Surprising the Banks family actors during the HBO Max reunion special, Smith said: “It felt like I couldn’t celebrate 30 years of Fresh Prince without finding a way to celebrate Janet.”

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In the first time the pair have spoken in 27 years, Hubert asked: “I just wanted to know one thing: Why?”

Telling her story, she said she was in an abusive marriage that the cast didn’t know about, and was expecting a baby.

“I was hurt deeply. When I left the show, I had this new baby and no one. Family disowned me. Hollywood disowned me.

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“My family said, ‘You’ve ruined our name.’ And I wasn’t unprofessional on the set. I just stopped talking to everybody because 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.”

Smith responded: “I was so driven by fear. I have children. I’ve been divorced and I have a second marriage, and I can see now the level of pain and the level of struggle that it was just for you to show up every day.”

“But you took all of that away from me — with your words,” Hubert said.

“Words can kill. I lost everything. Reputation. Everything. And I understand you were able to move forward, but you know those words, calling a Black woman difficult in Hollywood, is the kiss of death. And it’s hard enough being a dark-skinned Black woman in this business.

the fresh prince of bel air cast   karyn parsons as hilary banksm, tatyana ali as ashley banks, alfonso ribeiro as carlton banks, joseph marcell as geoffrey, janet hubert as vivian banks, alfonso ribeiro as carlton banks, will smith as william 'will' smith

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“But I felt that it was necessary for us to finally move forward. And I’m sorry that I have blasted you to pieces.”

Smith responded: “You’re still my Aunt Viv. I don’t want to be that guy.

“I go out into the world and talk about understanding and human relationships and then have somebody that I haven’t spoken to in 27 years. I’m so happy that we were able to make that reconciliation, and I hope other people can take something from it.”

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reunion is available in the US on HBO Max. A UK release date is yet to be confirmed, though the show currently airs on Comedy Central UK and is also available on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.


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