Janet Hubert (Original Aunt Vivian) Slams Will Smith In New Tell-All
Janet’s releasing a tell-all book, entitled Perfection Is Not A Sitcom Mom, the work set for released next year, and in it she says that Will is not the nice considerate guy he makes himself out to be. In fact, Janet says The Fresh Prince was a bit of a a diva. For example, if a guest star was too good and ran the risk of stealing the spotlight from Will, he made sure their a.sses were ousted. Secondly, no one but Mr. Jada Pinkett Smith was allowed to go on The Tonight Show for the first season, Hubert claims.
Janet openly admits that she blames Will for ruining her once burgeoning acting career.
In one excerpt from the book, given to Black Voice’s BV Buzz column, Janet writes: “Smith had people around him who made sure no one outshone him. I was happy to see Don Cheadle become the quality actor that he is, and often wondered how he made it past one episode, as Hilary’s boyfriend, being such a fierce actor. No one could be on ‘The Tonight Show,’ that first season, except Will. And I mean no one.”
Janet writes: “I recall the lovely and incredibly talented Countess Vaughn coming to guest star. Oh my God! The day of table read, she was pee-in-your-pants funny. The writers were howling, we were howling, so I knew she was history – banished into the cornfield. Many years later, after she had her own show, I had to tell her when she asked me why. ‘Miss Janet why did I get cut from the episode,’ she asked? Simply, my darling, you were too good…”
She recalls her Fresh Prince firing like so: First, producers offered her just 10 episodes, when the standard was 22-26. It would have meant a pay cut of over $100,000 a year, and Janet had a three and a half month old son, a new house, an unemployed husband, and a new business — she need a full contract. When she refuses to accept a cut in pay, she was fired.
The excerpt continues:
“‘That’s not all,’ Michael [her agent] said. ‘They don’t want you to work on any other shows. You can only do two guest starring roles.’ What? Who? I stammered. I couldn’t breathe. What do we do, Michael? What do we do? ‘We pass,’ Michael said. ‘This is a dirty deal, and they know it.’ OK, I trust you, I said. Michael had been my agent for more than 20 years. ‘OK sweetie, I will call you back,’ he said.”
…”My mind was going in a million places. OK, I thought, they will come back; this is how they do it. They always come back. I started into the kitchen where Rayna – my friend, housekeeper and nanny was. She was doing dishes as baby E was enjoying a swing. I knelt down, kissed his head, and waited for the next round of negotiations. They never came. The next time Michael called he said, ‘They are going to recast your role.’ There was a beautiful stained glass window that I designed in the bedroom, and the windows were open, so my neighbors probably heard me scream. And that beautiful window probably has many cracks in it. Time of death: approximately 3 pm. The real Vivian Banks was murdered…”
interesting read, but did she ever make that type of money anywhere else?
looks like her bargaining failed her