The Original Aunt Viv Reveals Why She Left ‘The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air’

Movies & TV

By: / April 3, 2013

We all remember the original Aunt Viv and her sudden replacement from the hit ’90s show The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air. Janet Hubert is back and ready to clear the air for her audience.

In an interview with The Dish, the former actress said that she was limited to a certain number of episodes. “That was 10 weeks of work and then they said that you can’t act or perform anywhere else,” she revealed. “That was cutting my salary by $150,000 a year. How could I pay the bills I needed to pay with 10 episodes?”

Not only was Hubert criticized for her abrupt departure, the former Fresh Prince Star had felt undermined by Will Smith himself. “There was a bit of a [cast feud],” she says. “I was extremely professional on that set, maybe too professional…but I didn’t adhere to the star system. By not playing the game, that cost me. I think what happened, because the audience was so on my side at that time, that [Will] probably felt like he needed to go out, and he needed to tell a lot of lies.”

Things were seen a bit more clear in the rearview when Hubert was the only cast member uninvited to the 2011 cast reunion.

However, she says she is ready to put the past in the past. When asked what she would have told Will if she were invited to the reunion, she said, “We need to heal this. You’ve done some things, you’ve said some things that were totally untrue and you know that they were untrue. I’ve said some things that I probably should have never said. But you’ve never heard them come from my mouth.”