Will Smith is reflecting on his emotional reunion with his ex Fresh Prince of Bel Air co-star Janet Hubert. In the latest episode of Red table talk, Smith took over as host and reviewed his recent conversation with Hubert, which was part of HBO Max’s Fresh prince special reunion.
Along with psychologist Dr. Ramani Durvasula at the red table of the same name, Smith played parts of his tearful encounter with Hubert and reflected on his accusations that Will ruined his personal and professional life.
As Smith and Hubert buried the ax during their encounter, many things came to light that painted a striking portrait of a young Smith, who openly attacked Hubert when she left the show in season three.
“They said it was you who banished me, because I didn’t laugh at your jokes,” Hubert said during his talk. “They ordered me to stay in my room, I couldn’t go on stage.”
“I was not unprofessional on set. I stopped talking to anyone because I didn’t know who to trust.”
Hubert, better known as “the original Aunt Viv”, left the sitcom after the first three seasons due to “creative differences.” She was quickly replaced by actress Daphne Maxwell Reid the following season without any mention of the recast.
As Fresh prince ended their run in 1996, Smith and Hubert hadn’t been shy about their ongoing feud, publicly criticizing and beating each other in interviews over the years due to bad blood between the two on and off set.
“You know those words, to call a black woman ‘difficult’, in Hollywood, that’s the kiss of death,” Hubert told Smith. “It’s hard enough being a dark-skinned black woman in the business. So all I was looking for was ‘angry black woman.’
“I promised my dad, before he left this Earth … I promised him that I would clear my name,” Hubert explained later. “My family said, ‘You ruined our name.’
Speaking with Dr. Durvasula, Smith reflected on Hubert’s words and examined his own behavior as a 21-year-old trying to do whatever he could to find success.
“My father was violent in my house,” Smith explained. “So a part of all of Will Smith’s creation, the joke, the fun, the goof, was making sure my father was entertained enough not to hurt my mother or anyone in the house.”
It was this desire for security, and a subsequent desire for approval, that Smith said he later projected onto his television family during the show.
“The little boy on my level, with Hubert, needed Mom to think he was cool,” shared Smith. “And when I realized it didn’t, my dragon woke up.”
Smith’s conversation with Hubert ended with a reconciliation between former enemies, but it was revealing for the movie star.
“I am not arrogant enough to think that my actions and my behavior were perfect. My actions and my behavior were flawed and hurtful,” shared Smith. “There is probably no one on Earth who says I hurt them that much.”
Take a look at Smith’s emotional, revealing and heartfelt journey of self-discovery in the latest episode of Red table talk on Facebook Watch.