This Is Why Aunt Viv From ‘Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air’ Was Suddenly Replaced

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If you were around in the ’90s, you probably watched Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and still know every single word to the theme song. Go ahead and bust out a rhyme…I’ll wait.

With that song firmly planted in your brain for the rest of the day, let’s discuss something that has until recently, remained a bit of a mystery.

As fans know, the show juxtaposed Will Smith’s street smarts with the affluence and upper class values of his Uncle Phil, played by the late James Avery, as well as his Aunt Vivian, who was originally portrayed by Janet Hubert-Whitten.

Tensions were high between Janet and Will (and their feud was very well known), so she made her last appearance in season three.

And in addition, it saw Daphne Maxwell Reid replace Aunt Vivian as the matriarch of the Banks household.

The official statement from the show was that the actress left due to creative differences, but in a local Atlanta radio interview with Will Smith at the time, he hinted at a great deal of tension between himself and Hubert-Whitten.

Let’s dig deeper into the drama.

He said: “I can say straight up that Janet Hubert wanted the show to be The Aunt Viv of Bel Air Show because I know she is going to dog me in the press. She has basically gone from a quarter of a million dollars a year to nothing. She’s mad now but she’s been mad all along. She said once, ‘I’ve been in the business for ten years and this snotty-nosed punk comes along and gets a show.’ No matter what, to her I’m just the Antichrist.”

But recently, when James Avery passed away, the rest of the cast had a reunion. And unsurprisingly, Janet Hubert wasn’t invited.

She posted this rant, which has since been deleted, but the Internet never forgets: “I know the media hoe Alphonso Ribero (sic) has posted his so called reunion photo. Folks keep telling me about it,” Hubert wrote.

“[Alfonso Ribero] was always the ass wipe for Will. There will never be a true reunion of The Fresh Prince. I have no interest in seeing any of these people on that kind of level.”

That’s no way to talk to your TV son! But she didn’t stop there. Not at all.

And in her book, she again gave the many reasons why she hates Will AND Alfonso, admitting that her former TV son was the reason why she wanted to give her side of the story in the first place.

Alfonso might have been part of your decision to publish the book, but it’s a safe bet that the stacks of cash didn’t hurt either.

But that’s not a popularity contest you want to get into.

He revealed that it had become difficult for the cast to work with Aunt Viv, and if it’s everyone vs one person, typically everyone else isn’t in the wrong… Ouch.

That’s how she became the ex-mom of a town called Bel-Air.