Remember almost twenty years ago when Will Smith
was just a television star? You know, on that show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
. Well, his television mom, actress Janet Hubert
who played Aunt Vivian, is releasing a book and is blasting the Oscar nominee. She frames him as selfish, afraid of competition and part of the reason why she was replaced -- the running story had always been she left the show due to pregnancy. The memoir, Perfection Is Not A Sitcom Mom
, is to be released in early 2010 and Black Voices received an excerpt.
"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."
"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 also goes into detail how they fired her and how it nearly ruined her career and life.
Well, I'm not doubting Hubert's story, the entertainment industry is vicious. However, I do recall when Aunt Viv was replaced that fans were disappointed and wanted the original Viv back. Why would they fire her if she was so popular? So is she saying the reason why she was fired is because she was too talented? It should be noted, she doesn't directly say Smith was responsible for her being fired.
I guess we will have to wait until 2010 for the answer...