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Actress Janet Hubert Pens Inflammatory Open Letter To Wendy Williams RE 'Fresh Prince'

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by Tambay A. Obenson
March 22, 2013 11:25 AM
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Normally, I'd skip over stuff like this, but it's Friday... and we have covered the Janet Hubert/Fresh Prince of Bel Air controversy before.

I think we are all somewhat familiar with the public battle between Janet HubertWill Smith and NBC, that led to the recasting of the role of Aunt Vivian, in The Fresh Prince of Bel Air's fourth season, in the mid-1990s.

And given that she continues to talk about it, it's clear that Janet Hubert is still very much, shall we say, pissed off about the incident.

You may recall about 3 years ago in her appearance in TV One's series titled Life After, in which Hubert aimed to set the record straight about that entire occurrence; in it she was clearly still upset about it all, and angry at Big Willie.

Fast-forward to late 2011, when, Hubert, in an interview about whether she'd be up for a Fresh Prince reunion (there were rumors of one at the time), said that she wasn't at all interested in a reunion of any kind, stating, "There will never be a reunion ... as I will never do anything with an asshole like Will Smith... He is still an egomaniac and has not grown up. This constant reunion thing will never ever happen in my lifetime unless there is an apology, which he doesn't know the word."

Well then... I suppose if this reunion ever happens, they'll be looking to Daphne Maxwell Reid, who took over for Hubert after she left the series.

But really, what the fuck is going on here? This is a really long time to hold a grudge; but I wasn't there, and I don't know exactly how things happened, so I'm probably not in any position to offer commentary. Obviously Will doesn't seem to feel like he did anything wrong, unless he is "an egomaniac and has not grown up" as she states; otherwise I'd like to think that he would have apologized if he felt he was in the wrong, and moved on.

*Shrug*

Skip ahead to yesterday, when Hubert took to the airwaves (BlogTalkRadio), but this time, speaking out against Wendy Williams. Why? Well, on Williams' talk-show yesterday morning, she had Fresh Prince co-star Tatyana Ali, on as a guest. And during her conversation with Ms Ali, Williams, as she can be expected to do, poked and prodded Ali to dish on why Janet Hubert left the show in 1993.

Of course, Tatyana is no gossiper, so she kept her answers very clean and professional, as she should have.

And in response, almost immediately, Janet Hubert penned this lengthy open letter to Wendy Williams, which she read in full on her BlogTalkRadio program, Speak, Own It, calling her a demon, wicked, awful, spiteful, and much more. 

It's actually quite inflammatory. 

My guess is that Hubert (who has gone after Williams in the past), knows that all these public outbursts must be favorable to her career, in the sense that it keeps her name in the news (several major industry sites picked up the story, including The Hollywood Reporter and others). I didn't even know that she had a podcast show on BlogTalkRadio, and I'd guess that many of you didn't either. But now, I'm sure the size of her listenership will see a sudden boost.

The only thing that this is setting us up for, really, is Wendy having Janet on her talk-show. I'm sure that'll be a ratings coup.

Anyway, here's the letter she penned, transcribed by NecoleBitchie:

Dear Wiggy, I’m sorry, Wendy,

Recently, you found the need to put an end to the mystery surrounding my departure from a show that I did so damn long ago that I don’t even remember why I departed.

Wendy Williams, or whatever you are supposed to be, I’m not quite sure. I’m writing you yet again, to appeal to your sense of womanhood or manhood as some suggest. Please close your mouth about things that you know nothing of.

Now, I watched your show to see dear Tatyana Ali sadly to say, fall into your trap. She even brought pictures of our days on the show from the Fresh Prince of Bel Air. You know most people watch you just to see what heinous things your mouth will say compared to what an overflowing volcano will spew forth on that day.

Now perhaps other black women have allowed you to berate them and continued to support you in this manner of madness and rewarding hatefulness. It seems to become the norm and has taken over our society completely. But I, Janet Hubert, at there and watched you tell the world that I was not a nice mother. I’m thinking to myself, the only person who has the right to say that is my child. So I sat there and watched you like some devilish sinkhole swallow up Tatyana Ali. You reduced her to a child sitting their tempting to keep some symbolism of dignity about her as you pried and invaded her life until you got what you wanted.

You are such a demon Wendy. You are wicked, awful, conniving, sinister, spiteful, jealous of every other woman. Simply put, Wendy you are a virus. You are not nor have you ever been a true woman. It seems as though your audience thirsts for the blood of others, as they are prompted to clap and hoop and holler at your shows and wigs and clothes.

Girl you will have some stars on your show and demean them before they even make it back home. I just would like to know who died and told you that you were reborn as Oprah. You want to be Oprah so bad that you would kill for it and you will kill anyone to achieve success. Sister, you will never be another Oprah. Oprah lifted her audience up and exuded an air of class.

But you know what Wendy, you are not even in my league. It is so beneath me to even bother with someone like you, but you asked for it. Didn’t nobody tell you to say my name on your show? You will not destroy all of the hard work that I went through for the last decade to clear my good name. I simply will not allow you to do so. I’m a lady and a real one. Wendy girlfriend you just messed with the wrong sista.

Now it’s funny for all that you and the world claim that I’ve done, I should have my own show like you. Darling there is nothing that I could have ever done in this lifetime in my career that would equal the vulgarity and ugliness and hatred that you spew on your show in one single day.

So, here is my advice to you Wendy. I want to help you. Learn to sit in a chair and stop fidgeting with yourself on camera. Wipe your giant teeth off camera, and don’t smear the spit on the chair. Please put some sweat pits under your arms, and darling if your sweater is pulling until there are lines across your chest, its too tight. You might want to deflate those tremendous breast. Take off the fake blonde hair. You have to stop playing the race card because you are coming off like a want to be white girl who will never be white.

Now, I have never seen anything besides hogs slobber at the mere mention of food, so I question your humanism at times. I have never seen a display of such self-hatred.

Just a couple more suggestions for you, please would you stop dissing all of us who’ve embraced our natural hair as many others and I have? And yes Wendy natural hair does belong on the red carpet whether you like it or not.

I kind of feel sorry for you. You sit there on your big-footed tacky throne everyday while millions of people are laughing at you not with you. There is a big difference. Nobody cares about what you think about his or her lives. But we do care about what you put out there about us. My heart saddens that women, especially black women, have embraced her evil after all of our struggles in society. You and your kind have set us back a hundred years or so. How dare you chastise anyone when you are such a travesty?

Now take that, chew it my dear and stick it on your lord have mercy you are disgusting fly ridden gum wall. And that’s the advice I have for you my sister.

Peace.

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  • Kendell | March 28, 2013 10:03 AMReply

    No one's stated the obvious here... she looks like a psycho-bitch in this photo. just sayin'

  • Janet | March 28, 2013 9:19 AMReply

    All I can say is, "Damn." If she can write like that and make you feel like crap, then I would hate to see her face to face. Lol.

  • Bilal | March 28, 2013 12:16 AMReply

    I just so happened to run into will smith on two separate occasions. On both occasions, this "egomaniac" seemed incredibly kind and polite. Much to kind and polite to be in his shoes I thought. One time was at the million man march, where he (and mike bivens from new edition) spoke to everybody who talked to him (a lot of people)........ And the other occasion was quite interesting. One morning, when maws driving to work, will smith was on the radio (v-103) in Atlanta explaining what took place on the show. I thought it was rather interesting that he did not say anything bad about this woman (who obviously has a lot of hate in her heart). I arrived a work before the interview was over unfortunately. I just happened to work at the hotel where will smith was staying. About an hour later, by chance, will smith had walked right past me in the hallway. I took t pin myself to just tell him that I did not hear what he was going to say and he politely told me the entire story all over again. Di he have to do his for a complete stranger? No! What was even more cool I thought, was that he music writer for the Atlanta journal constriction was right there waiting for her interview and she waited for him to finish talking to me which lasted about (15/20) min. I respect him a lot for being down to earth, and also having enough confidence and courage to speak his mind. I absolutely do not see or experience any arrogance or ugliness. I believe him to be a really cool dude. And the evidence is this, look at the spiteful way she communicates and the gentle way he communicates. It's not what we believe, it's how we behave. Wendy Williams is an entire different beast. Everybody knows she is a monster that sells garbage, like most of black radio and tv....garbage.

  • Victoria | March 25, 2013 2:02 PMReply

    ' It is so beneath me to even bother with someone like you,' Jeez, I wonder how low she would have gone if she had er bothered 'with someone like' Wendy.

  • Crystal jones | March 25, 2013 6:22 PM

    Right???? LOL

  • Jenn | March 25, 2013 11:48 AMReply

    Since reading this post I've actually seen the interview Williams did with Ali. Here it is for those of you curious: http://blackamericaweb.com/111384/janet-hubert-writes-letter-to-wendy-williams-and-calls-her-a-demon/

    I also commented on another thread about this so I'll just repeat it here--
    "I don't get it. While I'm no particular fan of Wendy Williams (meaning I've never once seen her show nor care to), I did watch the clip attached to the article and I really don't see the issue that caused Ms. Hubert to flame like this. All Williams did was ask Ali a question that many of us have had. Ali answered respectfully and Williams didn't press. It was over. End of story. So why did Hubert make such a stink. (And that was a stink. Pure nasty.) It makes me think that maybe she really WAS responsible for the bad blood on Fresh Prince after all. It was almost 20 years ago and the heat should have cooled some by now. Obviously for her it has not."

    We most certainly need more working black actresses in TV and Film--especially of the darker skinned persuasion. Some egos need to be put aside and keep the bigger picture in focus, for reals.

  • ALM | March 26, 2013 11:14 AM

    Jenn, this is not the first time that Wendy has brought up Hubert's name. There is a past behind this letter. Also, some parts of the letter (the portion about natural hair as one example) were extremely on point. As Kelea said, Wendy's comments about Viola Davis' beautiful natural hair at the Oscars were down right ignorant and self hating.

    I just hope no one on this thread is ever blacklisted or sabotaged in their careers by someone who is extremely successful and powerful. Ms. Hubert is too talented to be sitting at home because of blacklisting. I wasn't there, and neither were you. Why do 90% of the people on this thread assume that she is lying just because she is the less successful one in this scenario?

    Also, people keep wanting her to "get over it", and these same people at still mad at their mother for not buying them a pony when they were 10.

  • Kelea | March 26, 2013 12:49 AM

    If you'd seen the show on a regular basis you'll see what she's referring to. Wendy can be quite hateful. This was probably just built up. Not that I necessarily approve of any of this but she didn't lie about Wendy. So maybe this wasn't a big deal but she has talked about black women with natural hair (Viola Davis) and some of the other things referred to in the letter.

  • maya | March 25, 2013 1:43 AMReply

    Uh Oh, aunt Viv sure is mad!!! By the way, Hubert is the one who went to the media to bad mouth Will Smith and blamed him for smearing her name. ACTUALLY everybody remembers (except for you) why you departed and how you couldn't be the star of the show, so you left!
    I also saw the Wendy Williams episode, I thought Tatiana ali was very child starish goofy and just laughed when Wendy said you were evil! I guess Wendy was trying to get to the truth! But Tatiana didn't want to get in trouble with you so she nervously laughed it off!

  • Kelea | March 26, 2013 12:45 AM

    Except there are others who remember Will going on the radio show and badmouthing her in the first place...so he isn't innocent here.

  • flyhick86 | March 24, 2013 11:16 PMReply

    Wow! One mad black woman!

  • Amanda | March 24, 2013 2:16 PMReply

    Wow Janet really told off Wendy Williams and I agree with her! Wendy talks a lot about race yet this lady is so hypocritical wearing her blonde weave, having multiple cosmetic surgeries to look more European.

  • thomas | March 24, 2013 11:37 AMReply

    Hello to Earth and for all of you telling this lady to "move on". Ask yourselves a question. Who else from the Fresh Prince became a star after the show? NO ONE. I find it hard to believe that Janet's story doesn't have truth behind it. Aunt Viv was well loved on the show and I liked her way more than Will b/c Will was corny and we had Martin on TV for real comedy.

    All of the stars from Fresh Prince seem messed up. Carlton disappeared for a long time, Ali, Karyn Parsons et al. careers never really took off. I'm not saying that this is all Will's fault, but to me Will has some secrets in the closet about his personality and Janet wasn't having it. In the end the truth will come out.

    On a great note Janet WENT IN on Wendy and read her harder than anyone read I have ever read before! That lady needs an Oscar and Emmy for that...LMAO.

  • Erm | March 24, 2013 11:51 AM

    Riiiight, no one's career took off cuz of Will Smith. I guess he fucked with the careers of the guys from Martin, plus everyone from Family Matters, Blossom, Boy Meets World, Full House, Step By Step, and every sitcom that ever aired on UPN, WB, & the CW, too. Poor Rachel True & Jill Marie Jones ain't working cuz of Will Smith, y'all! Mystery solved!

  • getthesenets | March 23, 2013 9:23 PMReply

    Besides "Aunt Viv" and "Lionel Jefferson" can anyone think of characters from Black tv shows that have been played by different actors/actresses....regular characters that is.

  • lilkunta | March 26, 2013 4:51 PM

    @ careycarey . brooklyn sudano waasnt ever the daughter. she was the gf of the son mike jr who got pregnant. claire was played by jazz raycole and then the lighter skinned jennifer nicole freeman. megan good was the original gf of mike jr.

  • CC | March 25, 2013 11:21 AM

    "and CC, I didn't like the "Cocckroach" character but Cole from Martin was HILARIOUS!!!"

    Again Nets, you've brought up another interesting point that fits this tread. Some folks believe the exchange between Hubert & Wendy Williams is amusing. I don't.

    Some folks believe Wendy Williams is "amusing". I don't.

    You believe Cole was hilarious. I didn't. He had his moments, but I can't remember him giving me a big laugh. Imo, the Martin show was all Martin Lawrence. Don't get me wrong, Lawrence "needed" most of the characters around him, esp Gina, but Martin Lawrence WAS the show... all the funny revolved around him.

    I said all that to say, humor is a funny thang. One man's garbage is another man's treasure. AND what makes some folks laugh will make others cry. Needless to say, there are armchair psychologist and PhD's who will gladly tell us why that is. However, from my perspective, I DON'T CARE. So in the spirit of Bebe Moore Campbell's Your Blues Ain't Like Mine, I leave with words from En Vogue:

    "Never gonna get it,
    Never gonna get it,
    Never gonna get it... woo, woo, woo, woo"

  • getthesenets | March 24, 2013 2:59 PM

    this is a bit obscure and only Black sitcom junkie would know this...but on the Jeffersons... Tom and Hellen had two children..Jenny who we all know and ..Allen

    Fist time Allen was seen, he was played by a racially ambiguous actor...and the storyline involved him "passing"..interesting episode.

    second time he was on an episode he was played by a white guy.

  • getthesenets | March 24, 2013 2:45 PM

    thanks

    forgot about the changes on My Wife and Kids
    the mother on family matters WAS played by a different acress the final season
    the Hightops were shuffled around on Steve Harvey

    didn't know that Flex was replaced by dude from Juice

    and CC

    I didn't like the "Cocckroach" character but Cole from Martin was HILARIOUS!!!

  • Also | March 24, 2013 11:43 AM

    The daughter on My Wife & Kids was replaced, too. It was Jazz Raycole first, then Jennifer Freeman. Show had a trend of replacing brown skinned actresses with really bad light skinned ones. The mom on Family Matters got replaced, too. Darnell on Girlfriends was Flex Alexander first, then Khalil Kain.

  • CareyCarey | March 24, 2013 10:29 AM

    And both Lionel's were forgettable. But you've poised an interesting question. It didn't happen very often, and off the top of my head I can't think of many "regular characters" who've been played by different actors. However, Megan Good was the first "Vanessa" in My Wife and Kids. She was replaced after 5 episodes. Brooklyn Sudano took her place (28 episodes). And, in the The Steve Harvey Show, his singing group "Steve Hightower and and the High Tops", one of the singers/characters "T-Bone" was played by two different actors, one being Don "D.C." Curry. Some may remember him from the "Friday" movies. He was Day-Day's father and Pinky's brother.

    On a similar note, considering the "controversy" over changing actors, what actors did we accept, like or dislike in different roles? Again, off the top of my head, Garrett Morris comes to mind. I loved him in both Martin and The Jamie Foxx Show.

  • LL2 | March 23, 2013 7:43 PMReply

    I just had to comment on here for the first time. Janet Hubert seriously needs move on with her life. Whatever Will Smith did or didn't do, I don't know because I wasn't there, she needs to let go and move on. Janet Hubert, this planet is filled with billions of people experiencing hardships and mistreatment, your tell of woe is nothing unique or special. Do yourself a favor and get over yourself. Better yet, try to make the world a better please by helping others who are a lot worse off than you.

  • maya | March 25, 2013 1:46 AM

    Exactly. See my comment above!

  • LL2 | March 23, 2013 7:44 PM

    correction tell= tale

  • Ronald T. Jones | March 23, 2013 12:16 PMReply

    Will Smith contracted a cabal of vicious space aliens to kidnap Janet Hubert and take her to the planet Zargon! After subduing the aliens and escaping, Janet discovered that Will was responsible for her predicament and subsequently tried to incinerate him with an anti-matter plasma projector. Will barely avoided incineration and in revenge orchestrated Janet's dismissal from the show.

    True story.

  • Hil | March 23, 2013 10:39 PM

    Hilaaaarious!!! Love it!

  • lauren | March 23, 2013 3:00 PM

    LMAO!

  • JJ | March 22, 2013 9:45 PMReply

    AUNT VIV, GO IN AND LET HAVE.

  • sagevalentine | March 22, 2013 9:34 PMReply

    Wendy, stepped on the wrong toes this time.

  • j | March 22, 2013 8:42 PMReply

    Wendy williams has been known too step on toes i'm surprised she hasnt been shot at ,at this point.It makes sense that will smith is a egomaniac theres no surprise there ,anyone who's seen any of his interviews could see that.I feel bad for this janet woman at the same time ,she should learn too move on.This was a long time ago ,im sure shes still seeing residuals off the reruns of the fresh prince.Everybody else has moved on and worked on their careers and made something of themselves.She should of learned to do the same thing negativity gets you no where.

  • artbizzy | March 22, 2013 7:23 PMReply

    Sad, but this ain't about that. How many more examples of divide and conquer can we take? Can we laugh at? Can we exploit? How does spotlighting this trite bs move us forward? The question should be focused not only on how we get more black women in films and tv in general but also how can we get more of our darker skinned talented black women such as Janet Hubert back in film and tv? It's our loss that we haven't had the opportunity to appreciate more of her grace and talent throughout the years. This ain't a Basketball Wives episode this is about a talented actress who feels the need to constantly defend her career and reputation and a life long gossip monger with nothing to do but talk shit. It's not funny it's sad that Wendy Williams just won't quit and that Janet Hubert would write such a degrading letter in response. Did we ever leave the plantation? Did we ever leave massa's middle school? I mean, really. It's also sad that we're exploiting the situation even more and for what reason? Because we can? Aren't there gossip sites for that? Where is the sense of responsibility? I mean, what won't people post about? Social media is outta hand and it's SAD, man. Society throws black people in the ring and says now let's watch 'em tear their worthless pieces of asses to shreds while we eat popcorn, laugh, say oh shiiiiiiit my nigga did you see that bitch just get her heart pulled out her chest and then we clap till our hands hurt and then click the next stupid link. Anybody ever read the opening scene to Ellison's, Invisible Man with the boys in the boxing ring? Of course, this is Shadow And Act, right?

  • Kitty | March 24, 2013 12:29 AM

    Co-Sign ..Ellison's Invisible man is one of the most if not most important to read right now...we are all being taken for a ride.

  • TAZ | March 23, 2013 11:57 AM

    Wonderful post Artbizzy! Yes, we left the plantation physically, but the we still carry remnants in our minds....it was passed down through to our parents to us. Depending on our age and the experience/choices of our great-grands, some remnants are bigger than others. And in regards to Ellison, I am doubtful Invisible Man has been read, and even if so, understood.

  • CareyCarey | March 22, 2013 10:08 PM

    Sandra, I am sure Artbizzy in more than capable of speaking for herself, but until she returns, I have a problem with your comment. Now don't take this wrong but I've heard it said that if a frog had wings, it wouldn't bump it's ass off the ground. And, reality trumps inspiring musings... every time.

    I am suggesting that it's wise to play this "battle", this argument, this song and dance to the end. How is what we've seen displayed ( in the comments or the post) a relevant and "faithful" example of the black film experience? Furthermore, after reading the post and the subsequent comments, to what degree of "usefulness" were we informed about the bullying/blacklisting/politics that exist in the business?

    Even if you did find hidden values that others could not, I believe Artbizzy was asking whether or not the cost was worth the results (as ambiguous as they are)? In other words, we see the damage, it's a scratched record playing the same lines over-n-over-n-over again, but I believe the alleged rewards are vague and illusive to say the least.

    We see the damage, where's the rewards?

  • sandra | March 22, 2013 8:41 PM

    @Artbizzy - I don't see anything wrong with S&A's decision to post this piece. It's relevant. The black film experience should be represented faithfully (that means warts and all). Due to the variety of experience and age group of readers that frequent this site, we need to be reminded/informed about the bullying/blacklisting/politics that exist in the business. Some of us are too blinded by art. To continue with your boxing reference, and as illustrated in this case, business will knock the sh*t out of art every single time they're in a ring together. No exception.

  • CC | March 22, 2013 7:29 PM

    ARTBIZZY, you've done it again. **Standing & Applauding!**

    This is a FIVE STAR comment.

  • turner | March 22, 2013 6:56 PMReply

    Wendy comments aside...Will Smith's been in the biz a while now so I gotta ask, why is she the only one who seems to have a beef with Will? And actors get fired all the time for all sorts of reasons; the relatively small size of the biz makes it good sense to shut up and move on. Janet Hubert's biggest problem is she thought because of her more lengthy experience as an actor, she was a star but the show was called: The Fresh Prince of Bellair not the Aunt of Bellair.

  • turner | March 23, 2013 8:54 AM

    I'm imagining a repeated scenario where her thespian back was up too many times on set because a non acting rapper was getting all the shine and her capacity for vitriol, evidenced in the language in the Wendy letter being a factor of her dismissal. We don't know what the on set vibe was but I can picture her personality being an issue. We don't know if Janet's scathing criticisms of his work (which she's freely shared publicly post being fired) were made known to him or even said to his face on the regular. Bottom line is it was Will's show and he didn't want to work with her and he didn't have to.

  • ALM | March 23, 2013 3:42 AM

    Exactly. Who else has been so publicly fired from a Will Smith project after that project had already filmed scenes?

  • Turner | March 22, 2013 10:22 PM

    Uh... Fresh Prince isn"t the only production Will's been in.

  • ALM | March 22, 2013 8:57 PM

    She is the only one with "beef" because she is the only one who has been fired from "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air".

  • The Truth Is | March 22, 2013 5:17 PMReply

    Janet & Will had an affair that ended badly. She paid for it with her career.

  • getthesenets | March 22, 2013 3:07 PMReply

    old news

    those from metro nyc area know about ww from her radio days

    she's the godmother of the angry weave gossip blogs/shows/mags

    cooning has paid offf for her, apparently she has a lot of fans/viewers

    I get her schitck/gimmick......appealling to lowest common denominator and talking about people

    if she wasn't so meanspirited, she would be able to get celebs to laugh AT themselves,
    but if she didn't look the way she looks, perhaps she wouldn't be so mean spirited.

    coon on..

  • sandra | March 22, 2013 2:54 PMReply

    ****** Part 2 ****** The problem may have been that Will's refusal to learn from someone in a position to provide valuable insight into the craft. Janet OWNED that role. It was hers. Daphne was but a shadow (no shade/pun intended...it just wasn't her role). I could see 20-something Will refusing to humble himself and acknowledge that there is so much he doesn't know. He was back to making the big dollars again and had no time for learning. As a result, he hasn't grown as an actor. Given all his BS talk about spirituality and positive thinking, I'm surprised Big Willy hasn't reached out to her to have a proper conversation now that he's a grown man in his 40s. He's not a generous person and has BARELY done sh*t to help other black folks get a foot in the industry...even when he was at the height of his career. Will and Jada have gotten in so deep with Hollyweird, it's quite a sight to behold. I believe Will was THE main culprit (albeit not the first) in the mess that we have today where all these rappers are seriously considering themselves thespians without even attending a single actors' workshop. As for Wendy, she is just another trash tabloid host. That is nothing new. It truly isn't productive to get mad at someone that pathetic. I do wish Janet could get involved in some solid work that will display her talents. This anger is getting her nowhere.

  • Jeni | March 22, 2013 7:59 PM

    Umm, didn't he and Lassiter help get DeVon Franklin's career rolling in the industry?

  • Burr? | March 22, 2013 5:27 PM

    Will doesn't help black people? It that why he's always looking out for Duane Martin & Robinne Lee? Is that why he produced All of Us, ATL, The Seat Filler, Lakeview Terrace, the Secret Life of Bees, some movie called Ride or Die, and invested in Fela and Carol's Daughter? UM OKAY.

  • Fellow Janet Hubert Apologist | March 22, 2013 4:35 PM

    I agree with everything you said.

  • Donella | March 22, 2013 4:22 PM

    "I do wish Janet could get involved in some solid work that will display her talents." With this letter, I just learned that Janet Hubert is an amazing writer and I'm surprised she hasn't developed that talent further of the many others she has.

  • sandra | March 22, 2013 2:52 PMReply

    I would like to preface my comment by saying that I wish I wasn't so ride-or-die teamauntviv, but I am. I CANNOT help it. This woman is grace personified (despite the display of anger presented over this issue). We all know Will as the corny, megawatt-smiling-at-latest-blockbuster Big Willy, but what if there's more to his personality. What really happened behind the scenes? Janet always appeared sane to me, but after the nasty firing, this woman was left deeply wounded. Remember, Will was an-over-the-top, immature, bubble-gum-rapping goofy fool (well...little has changed) who was still recovering from bankruptcy and on the brink of a divorce! He was probably feeling the insecurity of that mess. Clearly, I don't doubt his dedication and stamina to survive this biz; however, he is NOT a talented thespian. He gets the job done and he's a blockbuster blockhead, but he does not possess the mastery of the craft like Janet does. He even admitted himself that his skills are below par (in general, not in comparison to Janet). Every single time he tries to stretch beyond that comfort zone, his performance is forced and unpleasant. I can see him getting under Janet's skin.

  • ALM | March 22, 2013 8:53 PM

    @ Bee: Janet has publicly stated in the past that Will had her blacklisted because she wouldn't play his games, i.e. (partying on set even though she was pregnant during part of her tenure).

  • Bee | March 22, 2013 6:32 PM

    I agree. Her continued anger makes me wonder what really went down. No one stays angry this long unless they have a damn good reason to do so. I wonder if he had some role in blacklisting her or something. I'm just curious. I guess we'll never know the whole story. I do wish her peace and I hope that eventually she finds the strength to let go of the anger of what went down with the show and with Will.

  • sandra | March 22, 2013 4:26 PM

    edit: that's "megawatt-smiling-at-latest-blockbuster-premiere" Big Willy

  • sandra | March 22, 2013 2:50 PMReply

    My post isn't showing up...will try again.

  • Donella | March 22, 2013 2:44 PMReply

    Janet's hair is very pretty.

  • Ditra | March 22, 2013 2:28 PMReply

    It seems Wendy brings this out of everybody. But Janet is portraying herself as an angry Black woman. They are both sad, in my opinion.

  • Nankanse | March 22, 2013 2:06 PMReply

    Why must WE stay with each other, we play the part will they pull the strings for $$$$ there GOD!!! UNITY WILL SET US FREE AND GAIN RESPECT FOR US WORLD WIDE!!! Can You Imange a United States of Africa BLACK PEPOLE WAKE UP!!!!!

  • BeautyIAM | March 22, 2013 1:18 PMReply

    Well, Wendy had that coming. Its not like she is the most classy interviewer. But I feel bad for Janet. She is a talented dancer and artist. I would love to hear about her accomplishments over the last couple of years rather than this. She must have been hurt very deeply since she can't move on from what happened 20 years ago. But this is a reflection on PEOPLE. Not black women. Its ridiculous if people are going to say sexist things about black women based off of her experience. Oh right, she's just bitter...because we all know how black women can get. And right, she's crazy because that's how black women are. There are a lot of people that hold grudges for years. But I'll let Janet be a human and own her feelings. I just that one day we will hear about the positive things that are happening to her.

  • Bondgirl | March 23, 2013 6:32 PM

    You are so right! Marlon Brando didn't work for YEARS w/o a huge deposit of money given to studios, before Godfather came along, for lashing out exactly like Janet. Grudges in L.A. are as common as fake noses, except the ones people LOVE to point out are always female.

    I saw the episode w/ Tatyana, and Wendy drew first blood first. She made a point to say that Daphne Reid was a much better Aunt Viv, and we all know that's a goddamn lie. It was an obvious bait tactic, but hey, photogs catch Alec Baldwin the same way every week. Red alert: She's human, folks.

  • Bee | March 22, 2013 6:30 PM

    Well said!

  • sergio | March 22, 2013 12:54 PMReply

    You gotta admit she said things out loud that people are been saying about Williams behind closed doors among their friends

  • CareyCarey | March 22, 2013 12:46 PMReply

    WOW! As Mel Blanc's Looney Tunes character the goofy hound dog said "Which way did he go George?"

    I mean, here we have a couple of heavyweight combatants going toe-to-toe, so which way should we go? Who has the most valid "complaint" and who are y'all riding with?

    Heck, in one corner there stands a woman, who some say is really a man -- or used to be a man, who's pandering for viewers. In the other corner, all dressed up and no where to go, stands a disgruntled employee who some say is fishing for her own pot of gold at the end of her rainbow. I don't know if any of that mess (i.e., Transgender & garden variety "Angry Black Woman" ) has anything to do with this new Rumble in the Jungle, but I have a few thoughts.

    I think this is an overblown case of Heavy D's The Overweight Lovers Are In The House:

    "Sittin in my room with my smokin' jacket on, the fireplace is burning and the girlies are gettin' it on. She'll stomp her like a roach if she tries to approach. "I'm the host with the most and she can kiss my ass, I'll diss, crack and smack her like she's thin glass. "OH YEAH?" You can't get close cause I'm the one who WROTE this open letter cuttin' yo nasty throat. The Book of Romance, so come on take a chance, you don't need a long look, all you need is a glance if you wanna get warm, in my ARMS you belong. You have a problem, I'll solve 'em, nothin' can go wrong - when the Overweight Lovers are in the house!"

    So y'all can jump on either side, but those are my thoughts and story - and I'm sticking to 'em.

  • CareyCarey | March 28, 2013 1:10 PM

    Welp, Mr. Welp, try this on for size. It's written especially for YOU.

    Yeah, it's sad, believe me Missy
    When you're born to be a sissy
    Without the vim and verve
    But I could show my prowess
    Be a lion, not a mowess
    If you only had the nerve
    I'm afraid there's no denyin'
    You're just a dandylion

    Now Mr. Welp, do you understand what I am saying to YOU? First, only a coward posts under an anonymous name, like yours. I mean, do you ever walk to the edge and expose your creative side for all to see and "criticize"? Do you do anything that expresses your artistic side? Listen, you do realize that we're down here in the comment section of a blog, right. Although it can be an intimidating place (you're obviously a perfect example of the fear one can develop down here) it's a place where basically anything goes. Fights, arguments, nonsense, bigotry, racism, conversation, fun and laughter, you name it, it can be found down here. In essence ,it's a family affair So, when I throw something on this board, I know some of it will stick, yet much will fall flat and might even be unreadable, but I "try". But the question is, what exactly do YOU do with your chicken sh*t self? How are you adding to the discussion? In other words, what are you bringing to the table, Mr Welp?

    While you let that sink in, think about this with your cowardly ass:

    Mr. Welp, if you were King, you wouldn't be afraid of anything, would YOU?

    Not nobody, not nohow!?
    Not even a rhinocerous?
    Don't say Imposserous!

    How about a hippopotamus?
    Would you trash him from top to bottomamus!?

    Supposin' you met an elephant?
    Could you wrap him in cellophant!
    What if it were a brontosaurus?
    Could you show him who was King of the Forest!?

    I doubt it, but I'll tell you what you need.

    Courage! What makes a King out of a slave?
    Courage! What makes the flag on the mast to wave?
    Courage! What makes the elephant charge his tusk, in the misty mist or the dusky dusk?
    What makes the muskrat guard his musk?
    Courage! What makes the sphinx the seventh wonder?
    Courage! What makes the dawn come up like thunder?
    Courage! What makes the Hottentot so hot? What puts the "ape" in apricot?
    What have they got that you ain't got, Mr. Welp?

    COURAGE!

    Now stupid that, you cowardly man. But wait, you asked for a song. Now don't take this ass whoopin personally, but...

    If I gotsta bring it to you cowards then it's gonna be quick, aight. All your punks up in hear can suck my d***

    Y'all gon make me lose my mind, up in HERE, up in here. Y'all gon' make me go all out
    up in here, up in here. Y'all gon' make me act a FOOL up in HERE, up in here. Y'all gon' make me lose my cool, up in here, up in here.

    Hey Welp, you can thank DMX for that one, and I hope you got the point? And, was it clever enough for YOU.

  • Welp | March 28, 2013 12:02 PM

    She knows what everyone knows. You use song lyrics to create unreadable posts and think you're being clever, when you really come off lookin like a lunatic. But no one thinks you're crazy, just stupid.

  • CareyCarey | March 22, 2013 7:46 PM

    Excuse me Crystal... as clever as "I" think it was?

    Okay, I get it, what do I owe you for that armchair psychoanalysis, Miss Overweight Lover? I mean, it's obvious that you know something that I don't... so thank you.

  • Crystal Jones | March 22, 2013 6:47 PM

    This comment wasn't nearly as clever as you think it was. #ijs

  • Five Guys Taste Like Cotton Candy | March 22, 2013 12:34 PMReply

    Black women...

  • Man-Over-Bored | March 22, 2013 2:54 PM

    FIVE GUYS TASTE LIKE COTTON CANDY: Indeed, you can say "Black women," but when you do, please know exactly why you are saying so: If you're black, you're doing so due to self-hatred--which prompts one to assume the worst representations of their race as definitive representations.

    If you're another race, you take the worst representations of other races and assert that they are definitive representations--in an attempt to prove the innate superiority of your own race. Whatever the race, it's inarguably a phucked up thing to do!

  • BeautyIAM | March 22, 2013 1:20 PM

    Black women...what? How is she as ONE black woman representative of ALL black women. Please elaborate.

  • Sweeta | March 22, 2013 12:56 PM

    Umm...what about Black women?

  • Jay | March 22, 2013 12:22 PMReply

    You got a lotta nerve homeboy.
    And you think asskisssing black celebrities will help YOUR Career??

    They don't give a fuck about you or any of us.

    FOH

  • Ressurrection | March 22, 2013 12:12 PMReply

    WOWOWOWOWOW! I totally did NOT see this coming. For the record, I think that whatever money I'm assuming they were spewing over back then, they should have obliged because she was PERFECT. I stopped watching, lost interest after the other cast member took her place (no offense). I just loved Will's Aunt Vivian. Anywho, this is personal. Forget ratings, Janet is in her feelings. HOWEVER, a lot of what she said was true. I don't think her anger is random though. I hope she finds the peace and restitution she believes she deserves.

  • PK | March 22, 2013 1:53 PM

    @ Red

    Most sitcom actors don't become big. Will was already big, hence why he was cast despite not being a good actor (he's admitted that in early episodes you can see him mouthing other actor's dialogue). TV and film world aren't that linked. Melissa Joan Hart's not a film star but she's had two successful series and is currently on a sitcom. Holly Robinson Peete stayed in the tv world continuously. Alfonso Ribero did on go to "In The House" and 'Uncle Phil' gets guest spots. More than the whole cast of "Family Matters" aside from 'Aunt Rachel'. How about the cast of every-other-sitcom?

    Tatyana Ali has stayed on television (which is why she was interviewed), and she's done a few films. She's a recognizable face to various audiences if not a name.

  • Red | March 22, 2013 1:08 PM

    I meant you're.

  • Red | March 22, 2013 1:06 PM

    First, I would like to say Janet, Miss Hubert if you'r nasty, made some very ggoodd points! As far as the Fresh Prince show goes, I too, stopped watching after Aunt Viv left. The show was never the same. As a matter of fact, no one from the show made it BIG except Will...... should I wonder something?.....As far as Wendy is concerned, she does look manly, in a Raspusha kind of way, "HOW YOU DOING?"

  • ChgoSista | March 22, 2013 12:01 PMReply

    W-O-W... Holy unhappiness, Batman!

  • Carl | March 22, 2013 12:01 PMReply

    Ok this confirms it...she is crazy as hell.

  • Jenn | March 22, 2013 11:58 AMReply

    Whoa ... Dayuuummnn ...

  • Nichole | March 22, 2013 11:58 AMReply

    I feel sorry for Janet Hubert as she's caught up in a trap of her own making. This is what happens when you don't let things go. You become caught up in the offense and you simply cannot move forward because you're so blinded by unforgiveness and in Ms. Hubert's case, rage.

    Now she's on her BlogTalkRadio PODCAST talking writing letters to Wendy Williams who has her own syndicated talk show. Say what you want but Ms. Hubert made herself look quite ridiculous and apparently, SHE'S the one who needs to grow up.

  • LL2 | March 23, 2013 7:59 PM

    I agree 100%. She is not the only one to be mistreated in Hollywood. She needs to move on for her own peace of mind. Will Smith is taking up too much space in her head and he probably doesn't think of her at all. He's too busy being successful.

  • jay | March 22, 2013 11:53 AMReply

    She's so bitter i wonder if she's either cut out of or getting shortchanged in "Fresh Prince" royalties.

  • Sweeta | March 22, 2013 7:21 PM

    That's just illegal so I doubt it. I'm sure she'd have SAG called so damn quick. The only way she'd really lose out is if they weren't playing her episodes in syndication, which would actually be a shame for the viewers because she was the bomb. No one will ever forget when she danced her ass off to "Everybody Dance Now" lol

  • ANDRE HUNTER | March 22, 2013 11:46 AMReply

    OMG did she Tell Wendy off YES YES

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