Earlier this week, actor Alfonso Ribeiro posted a now-legendary photo on Instagram that showcased a Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reunion. The actor was joined by Will Smith (Will), Tatyana Ali (Ashley Banks), Karyn Parsons (Hilary Banks), Daphne Reid (Vivian Banks) and Joseph Marcell (Geoffrey Butler), with Alfonso Ribeiro mentioning how he wished the late James Avery was there, since he passed away in 2013. There was another cast member who wasn't there, though, Janet Hubert, the actress who played the original Aunt Viv in the first three seasons, before she left the show in 1993. Shortly after the photo started making headlines, Janet Hubert sent out a scathing message on social media, dissing both Alfonso Riberio and Will Smith.
The actress sent out the message on her personal Facebook page, although it was later deleted,Variety captured the post before it disappeared. While the actress said she isn't offended by the photo, she still took the opportunity to call Alphonso Ribeiro a "media hoe," and an "a- wipe" for Wil Smith. Here's what she had to say on her Facebook page below.
"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. 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."
Janet Hubert played Vivian Banks for the first three seasons, spanning 73 episodes between 1990 and 1993. The actress was reportedly let go from the hit sitcom for feuding with both Will Smith and Alfonso Ribeiro, and there is a long history of "bad blood" between Janet Hubert, Will Smith and Alfonso Ribeiro ever since. Here's what Will Smith had to say about Janet Hubert's departure in a 1993 Atlanta radio station interview.
"I can say straight up that Janet Hubert wanted the show to be The Aunt Viv of Bel Air Show because I know she is going to dog me in the press. She has basically gone from a quarter of a million dollars a year to nothing. She's mad now but she's been mad all along. She said once, 'I've been in the business for 10 years and this snotty-nosed punk comes along and gets a show.' No matter what, to her I'm just the Antichrist."
Back in 2015, Will Smith signed on to produce a TV reboot of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, although the actor admitted last year, during an interview for Suicide Squad, that it will never happen. Last year, when Will Smith's wife Jada Pinkett Smith announced she planned on boycotting the Oscars, Janet Hubert sent out a Facebook video chastising the couple, calling them, " part of the system that is unfair to other actors". Janet Hubert's memoir Perfection Is Not a Sitcom Mom was published in 2009, and now it seems she may be trying to pitch her story as a TV show or perhaps a movie. While a reboot of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air doesn't seem to be happening anytime soon, a full reunion with Janet Hubert seems even less likely.