Now that all the bad blood has been laid out bare for the world to see, it seems as if the cast of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is ready to move on with their lives and futures. Actress Janet Hubert has gotten her reputation back & the apology she’s craved for 27 years but those emotions don’t just disappear overnight, as she’s finding out.
There’s been a string of Black actresses that seem to have been done wrong by the industry for various reasons, and now that Hubert has been cleared of the various charges leveled at her over the past decades by Black men in this business, Oscar winner Mo’Nique is seeking the same type of justice.
The comedian used the reunion of Will Smith and Hubert as an opportunity to demand Tyler Perry take a similar approach and issue a public apology to her after ruining her career.
“Hats off to Will Smith for apologizing for what he did to Janet Huberts (everybody’s Aunt Viv) career/life when he was young. Perhaps Tyler Perry, who has admitted in private that he was wrong will follow suit & be man enough to apologize in public like he promised. We’ll work on Oprah & Lions Gate a little later,” the actress wrote on her Instagram post.
Hubert has continued to insist that all rifts have been healed, especially the biggest one with Will Smith. But there was a noticed absence of actor Alfonso Ribiero, who played the “Carlton Banks” character on the show during Hubert’s time. Over the years, the pair have also exchanged harsh words, and fans wondered if their rift was still ongoing.
“Don’t think I didn’t notice that Alfonzo [sic] left the set once Janet came on. I guess all old wounds haven’t healed yet,” wrote one viewer on Twitter.
“Don’t assume, he was working and I wasn’t there,” she replied. “Let it go sweetie, we have.”
Don’t assume, he was working and I wasn’t there. Let it go sweetie, we have.— Janet Hubert (@OGJanetHubert) November 20, 2020
Hopefully, Hubert’s claims of letting it go since she’s continued to be asked plenty of questions about the reunion, the ordeal and reliving all the other difficult aspects of her life after 27 years away from the spotlight.
When Hubert was recently asked if she’d seen Will Smith taking himself to wife Jada’s Red Table Talk to chat openly about how and why he’d harmed her career in the past, she shared with KTLA that she was “nervous” about it in the beginning.
“And when I saw it, and when I saw what Will did, I was absolutely so moved that I couldn’t watch it. I ended up turning it off and running away from the computer because generally, I don’t show that kind of vulnerability,” the 64-year-old explained. She continued, “But to see him say what he said about his own pain, what he was going through and what I was going through. We were going through the same thing at different times. I was compelled to finally step back in front of the camera to do an interview. It’s time. It was time.”