Remember when the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air series changed Aunt Vivian’s? That sucked.Apparently, it sucked more for the first Aunt Vivian, as the move wasn’t voluntary. Janet Hubert-Whitten played Vivian Banks from seasons 1 -3, a total of 70 episodes. Daphne Maxwell Reid took over the role for the last 3 seasons, a total of 57 episodes.  The stronger performer of the two was no doubt, the first Aunt Vi, Hubert-Whitten, and she was obviously the more upset of the two regarding the switch, and blames Will Smith for the whole switch.

“There will never be a reunion as I will never do anything with an asshole like Will Smith. This constant reunion thing will never ever happen in my lifetime unless there is an apology, which he doesn’t know the word.”

My word. What would little Nicky think of that language?

So, what happened exactly? Well,  Hubert-Whitten, the first Vi, got pregnant, which was worked into the storyline, and she subsequently demanded more money, which was based on a seniority level – the more episodes you star in, the more seniority you get. With Hubert-Whitten being pregnant, the story lines weren’t constructed in such a way  to give her so many episodes, which she thought was unfair, and raised a bit of a stink. At that point, Will Smith went ‘Uncle Phil on DJ Jazzy Jeff’, and threw her out. Check out this compilation of some classic Season One clips from the show.

 

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