The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air: Alfonso Ribeiro Says The Original Aunt Viv “Went Nuts”
Janet Hubert, the actress who originated the role of Vivian Banks (‘Aunt Viv’) on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, has talked a lot about Will Smith in the nearly 18 years since she was fired from the show. As we previously told you, Hubert called the Men In Black star an “a**hole” and “egomaniac” in an interview over the weekend with TMZ. But apparently, she’s failed to mention her part in the drama that got her replaced by Daphne Maxwell Reid on the 90s sitcom. In a speech he delivered at the State University of New York a few years back, Alfonso Ribeiro (who played Carlton on The Fresh Prince) placed the blame for the on set drama solely on Hubert. According to Necole Bitchie, Ribeiro told the audience:
“I had an amazing time working with Will, with Tatyana [Ali], and James [Avery] and Karyn [Parsons]. Everybody was great. First mom. Not so much. Legally I’m not allowed to talk about it, but hey, why not. Basically, at the end of the day, it was **** CRAZY! She went nuts. There were days when we were on the set and she would literally go off on people and it got to a point when the second season came around that we were like ‘this is unacceptable’. We felt like, when we were doing The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, that we were a family. We spent more time with each other than we ever did any of our other family members. We would go on vacation together. I moved out of my parent’s house so that I could hang out with the cast members. That’s how much we loved each other.
She, at that point, ruined that and made it very difficult for us to work. They brought in Daphne Maxwell who we absolutely loved and we moved on. Oh well.
She was funny. She was a very talented actress [but] COO COO!”
Considering how long the woman (Hubert) has held a grudge, everything he said is quite believable. Check it out for yourself in the video below (at the 2:15 mark):