6/17/2009

What Really Happened to the Original Aunt Viv?

The original Aunt Viv from "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air", Janet Hubert, is planning on releasing her memoir "Perfection Is Not A Sitcom Mom" in early 2010.

In it, Hubert talks about how Will Smith was the only one allowed to get his shine on and anyone who got in his way, was fired (including Countess Vaughn). Here are some excerpts from the book:

"Smith had people around him who made sure no one outshone him. I was happy to see Don Cheadle become the quality actor that he is, and often wondered how he made it past one episode, as Hilary's boyfriend, being such a fierce actor. No one could be on 'The Tonight Show,' that first season, except Will. And I mean no one."
"My agent called; it was time. He had a very funny sound to his voice, not the usual wonderfully funny Michael that I knew. 'Jaaaannnet,' he said, 'I got the offer and you're not gonna like it. They offered you 10 episodes.' Now, to the layperson who doesn't know what this means, each show is an episode, and the usual amount is 22, with perhaps two extra. But the show was a hit so they would order 26, with each show taking a week to shoot. I remember swallowing very, very hard. [My son] Eli was only three and half months old. That meant a cut in salary of more than $100,000." "We had a new house, a new baby, I had just opened a new exercise studio, signed a 3-year lease, and my ex wasn't working at the time. And they knew this..."
Yikes! I did like Janet Hubert as Aunt Viv better than that other chick though. Oh well...the show was called "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air" not "The Fresh Family of Bel Air"!

Do you think what Janet Hubert is saying is true or is she just trying to get some attention?

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