Aunt Viv nonetheless has love for the Fresh Prince.
Janet Hubert — who originated the character Vivian Banks within the Nineteen Nineties TV collection starring Will Smith — got here to the brand new Oscar winner’s protection after the “King Richard” actor slapped comic Chris Rock throughout the Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday.
“So PROUD OF YOU!” she posted on Instagram after Smith, 53, accepted his Best Actor honors for taking part in Richard Williams, father and coach to tennis legends Venus and Serena.
Hubert then addressed the sooner fiasco.
“There is only so much one can take… sometimes you have to slap back,” Hubert, 66, continued. “Celebrate the win… nothing else matters. Both actions were incorrect but Chris didn’t need to go there.”
She added of the “Everybody Hates Chris” creator: “Met him once… it was enough for me… very mean spirited.”
Over on Twitter, she elaborated even additional.
“I cannot tell you how many times I have wanted to slap the mess out of so many folks who have disrespected me,” she wrote. “Will stood up for his wife, Chris Rock is always disrespecting Black women. Mean spirited hides behind comedy. BULL”
The surprising Oscars second was prompted by a dig from Rock, 57, at Smith’s spouse, Jada Pinkett Smith, 50, who suffers from hair loss due to alopecia. “Jada, I love ya. ‘GI Jane 2’ — can’t wait to see it,” he joked from the stage. Cameras then turned to the “Red Table Talk” host, who confirmed her grimace in response.
Seconds later, Smith could possibly be seen strolling onto the stage with out clarification, then winding up and taking a swing at Rock. “Wow — Will Smith just smacked the s–t out of me,” the presenter stated as Smith exited the stage and was shortly joined by Denzel Washington and Tyler Perry, who appeared to console each Will and Jada.
Much of the audio throughout their heated trade was muted for US audiences. But again in his seat, Smith could possibly be seen mouthing the phrases, “Keep my wife’s name out your f–king mouth.” The loud trade was not censored in another nations.
The beloved actor as soon as counted Hubert amongst his few well-known feuds. It’s been reported that a fallout between the 2 “Fresh Prince” stars catalyzed Hubert’s exit from the present, along with her then changed by Daphne Maxwell Reid as Aunt Viv for the remaining three seasons.
Hubert as soon as blamed Smith, a producer on the present, for her abrupt departure and the gossip that ensued, in accordance to her 2009 tell-all memoir, “Perfection Is Not a Sitcom Mom.”
A 2016 Los Angeles Times interview revealed how Hubert felt shunned by her former castmates and the business following her exit. “Take it from me… [I was] blacklisted. Black listed, truly. I couldn’t feed my child. They left me penniless, homeless and worthless. But what I always had was my dignity and I always will,” she stated.
Her feedback then had been spurred by Jada and Will’s proposed boycott of the Oscars that yr, which Hubert characterised as a “contrived” publicity ploy.
“The Smiths just irked me because they are such pretenders, and everything is a photo op,” Hubert additionally dished.
The two hadn’t spoken for 27 years till late 2020 when HBO Max aired a “Fresh Prince” reunion particular for the thirtieth anniversary of the collection’ premiere.
“Yeah, it felt like Jesus forgave Judas, didn’t it?” she instructed The Post in 2021 concerning their burying of the hatchet and the well-wishes she acquired from followers.