Will Smith buries 27-year feud with Janet Hubert during emotional Fresh Prince reunion – Mirror Online

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Will Smith reconciled with his former Fresh Prince of Bel-Air co-stars during an emotional reunion.

The famous actor, 52, met up with the likes of Tatyana Ali (Ashley), Karyn Parsons (Hilary), Joseph Marcell (Geoffrey), Daphne Maxwell Reid (Aunt Viv) and Alfonso Ribeiro (Carlton), DJ Jazzy Jeff for the first time in years.

The former cast spoke about their best memories in a special one-off episode, where Will appeared to end his bitter feud with one of his ex co-stars – Janet Hubert.

She used to play the original Aunt Viv, but the actress quit her role after filming season three due to personal circumstances.

Janet was replaced by Daphne Maxwell Reid from 1993 to 1996, when the final series aired.

The whole cast reunite for an emotional get together
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The pair seemingly fell out when Janet, who once called the actor an ‘egomaniac’, blamed Will for her exit from the US sitcom.

She claimed Will had used his growing fame to have her replaced.

They met face-to-face for the first time in 27 years for the Fresh Prince reunion and talked things through.

Janet, 64, told Will the reason for her quitting the show was due to her being pregnant and in an “abusive marriage” when the cast began filming for the third series.

Janet played Will’s on-screen aunty until 1993
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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reunion
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The actress stressed that she was not fired from the sitcom.

During the reunion, Janet told Will the difficulties she faced by having “no-one” around her when she fell pregnant after her departure from the show.

Janet revealed: “When I left the show, I had this new baby and no-one. Family disowned me. Hollywood disowned me. 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 know who to trust, because I had been banished. And they said it was you who banished me.”

Will Smith looked so happy
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The former cast spoke about their best memories in a special one-off episode, where Will appeared to end his bitter feud with one of his ex co-stars – Janet Hubert
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The actor, who was 21 when Jane left the sitcom, showed her his empathy as he understood how she’d have felt being alone through pregnancy after having three children himself.

She added after his response: “You took all that away from me with your words, words can kill. I lost everything.

“Those words, calling a black woman ‘difficult’ in Hollywood is the kiss of death. And it’s hard enough for a dark-skinned black woman in this business.”

Will, who took a moment to digest everything, answered: “I could not do a 30-year celebration of this show and not celebrate you, celebrate your contribution to the show, celebrate your contribution to my life.”

The pair gave each other a hug as they put their feud to rest.

Will Smith reconciles with former co-star during emotional Fresh Prince reunion
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Will then brought his former on-screen aunty to meet the other cast members, including her Aunt Viv replacement for the first time.

The former Fresh Prince stars also paid a loving tribute to their late co-star James Avery, who played Will’s on-screen Uncle Phil.

He died aged 68 in 2013 following complications from open heart surgery.

The tragic star is terribly missed and will forever be remembered by his co-stars.

James Avery (centre) as Uncle Phil
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The group described him as “the heart of the show” with Will saying “he pushed me so hard”.

He concluded: “His thing was, that I am in such a unique position and that responsibility, you must elevate your craft.

“You have to represent and you are paving a way and he just wouldn’t give me an inch.”

*The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air reunion is available to stream now on HBO Max.

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