Original Aunt Viv Slams Alfonso Ribeiro After 'Fresh Prince' Reunion
Karyn Parsons, Joseph Marcell, Janet Hubert, Alfonso Ribeiro, Tatyana Ali, James Avery, Will Smith on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'
Janet Hubert slammed Alfonso Ribeiro this week after missing out on the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reunion.
The 61-year-old actress, who played the original Aunt Viv on the NBC sitcom, called out Ribeiro in a Facebook post after the actor reunited with Will Smith and other co-stars.
"I know the media hoe Alphonso Ribero has posted his so called reunion photo. Folks keep telling me about it. He was always the [expletive] for Will," Hubert wrote in the since-deleted post, according to Variety.
"There will never be a true reunion of the Fresh Prince," she asserted. "I have no interest in seeing any of these people on that kind of level."
"I am not offended in the least, by this photo... it was an event for Karen's charity. It does however prompt me 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," the star said.
Ribeiro had posted a photo Monday with Smith, Tatyana Ali, Karyn Parsons, Joseph Marcell and Daphne Maxwell Reid, who replaced Hubert as Aunt Viv. He said late actor James Avery would have completed the reunion.
"Always amazing to spend an afternoon with my Fresh Prince family. Wishing that James Avery was still with us to make this complete," the actor wrote.
Hubert portrayed Aunt Viv on the first three seasons of Fresh Prince, but was reportedly fired after conflicts with Smith and network officials. Smith praised the actress in an interview with BBC Radio 1Xtra in February 2016.
"I think that both of the Aunt Vivs were really, really fantastic," he said. "I think when you make a show, anytime you make a change, it's going to be excruciating and painful. I think that Janet [Hubert] brought a really powerful dignity to the show."
By Annie Martin
Originally published in UPI Entertainment News.