The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air's Alfonso Ribeiro, Will Smith, Tatyana Ali, Karyn Parsons, Joseph Marcell, and Daphne Reid recently reunited at an event for Karyn's charity, which not only delighted fans of the show, but also unintentionally reignited a decades-long feud between the cast and the actress who played the original Aunt Viv, Janet Hubert. The behind-the-scenes drama between Will and Janet was well-known at the time and eventually led to the show's decision to replace her with Daphne in the hit sitcom's third season. She still harbours a grudge over 22 years later and even started a feud with Will's wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, over the Gotham actress's Oscars boycott in 2016.
Suffice it to say, there's still plenty of bad blood between them. Janet reminded Will and the rest of the gang of her anger after seeing the reunion photo go viral with a post on her Facebook page. "I know the media hoe Alphonso Ribero has posted his so called reunion photo," she wrote. "Folks keep telling me about it. He was always the ass 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." She went on to say that she harbours no ill will toward the charity Karyn is supporting, but the whole event has prompted her 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."
Her self-published 2009 memoir, Perfection Is Not a Sitcom Mom, details the many reasons she despises Will and Alfonso, accusing the latter of "slandering" her "at universities that my son may possibly attend in the near future."
In the midst of the original 1993 recasting controversy, Will explained what the root of the beef between them was to an Atlanta radio station. "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," he said. "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." This is one celebrity feud that just won't die.