‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’: Original Aunt Viv Posts Tirade Over Cast Reunion Photo

Fresh Prince of Bel Air
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Fans of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” felt nostalgic for the ’90s sitcom after a recent photo of the cast went viral.

But not Janet Hubert, the actress who portrayed the original Aunt Vivian on the first three seasons of the show.

In case you missed it, Alfonso Ribeiro (Carlton) posted a shot of the “Fresh Prince” cast earlier this week. It featured Ribeiro, Tatyana Ali (Ashley), Karyn Parsons (Hilary), Will Smith (Will), Joseph Marcell (Geoffrey), and Daphne Maxwell Reid, who played Aunt Viv after Hubert left the show. The cast had reunited for Parsons’ charity.

Always amazing to spend an afternoon with my Fresh Prince family. Wishing that James Avery was still with us to make this complete.

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Hubert responded to the photo on her personal Facebook page with a tirade where she called Ribeiro a “media hoe” and shot down any chances for a reunion — at least one featuring her.

“I know the media hoe Alphonso Ribero has posted his so called reunion photo. Folks keep telling me about it. He was always the a– wipe for Will. There will never be a true reunion of the Fresh Prince. I have no interest in seeing any of these people on that kind of level,” Hubert posted. “I am not offended in the least, by this photo… it was an event for Karen’s charity. It does however prompt me to take some meetings in Hollywood to pitch my memoir PERFECTION IS NOT A SITCOM MOM, and tell of the behind the scenes story before I leave this earth.”

Hubert was reportedly let go from the sitcom after feuding with Smith and network officials.

After leaving “Fresh Prince,” she had roles on several shows and soap operas. She also voiced Aunt Denise in the popular “Grand Theft Auto V” video game.

“Perfection is Not a Sitcom Mom,” the memoir mentioned in Hubert’s post, was published in 2009. A description for the book reads, “Then came the chance to become a sitcom mom on what would become one of the most successful TV sitcoms of the 90s, THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIR. Sounds like the perfect script for the perfect Hollywood ending, right? Well not exactly.”

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  2. Damita Jo says:

    Let it go and move on!!!

  3. Truth says:

    Obviously she was let go because she has attitude issues where she feels entitled. Maybe if she would wake up to her toxic attitude and change it her career resume will be more then a few appearances on soap operas and video game voice over.

  4. thecutiful says:

    don’t be jelly.

  5. threewibbes says:

    The showrunners fire her for being obnoxious. She denies she’s obnoxious. And then she proves them right.

  6. albert says:

    for a person who doesn’t care sure a lot of anger the funny part the only thing she will be known for if from the show

  7. Jenny says:

    She’s a Bitter Betty. Let it go. It’s over. You don’t need them and they don’t need you.

  8. MS says:

    She’s still angry over crap that happened 25 years ago. It’s time to move on.

  9. J.D. Zack says:

    The true core of the show no longer includes Hubert. Why does she think she’d be invited to a Fresh Prince reunion?

  10. Nas says:

    Bitter old hag! Lady needs to get a life and move on.

  11. KM13 says:

    As soon as I saw Alfonso’s post, I knew Janet Hubert was going to lash out. I wish she’d let it go. Did she deserve to be fired? Maybe not. Does she need to kiss and make up with Will? No. But she should keep it classy and have the best revenge by living well and winning roles.

  12. Lisa says:

    The real question is what is Tatyana Ali doing with her foot?
    Something about the old Aunt Viv just makes me feel icky. She’s just so caustic. Doesn’t she know that you have to ask nicely for things?

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