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Friday, September 02, 2005

Janet Hubert-Whitten

Remember Aunt Viv from Fresh Prince of Belair? The original one seen to the right, not the one who took over after season 3 who kinda sucked. I was wondering what the hell she had done since her stint on the show like 12 years ago (because I am concerned for some reason). As I had suspected she had a string of roles as "Neighbour" or "Nurse #3" and the occasional appearance in a sitcom that no one remembers. I wonder if she looks back and kicks herself for fucking it all up. Rumor has it she hated Will Smith and they fought on-set a lot. NBC finally grew tired of it and canned her substantially more talented than her replacement ass. She could still be living large on Fresh Prince money a la Alfonso Ribeiro, but alas greed and on-set bickering are as inevitable as child sitcom stars getting arrested after years of coke-binges and public nudity.

Though the other day my friend Sean and I were watching a re-run and it's the one where Aunt Viv tries to break back into dancing. After she is shamed by the younger bitches she comes back for the audition kicking ass and taking names. The greatest part was that we both remembered the entire dance and its ingenious steps: POP POP! Now that's staying power.

4 Comments:

At 4:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

well what you said does make sense but what really got her off the show was the fact that she got pregnant therefore breaking the contract she signed... they played her pregnancy into the show but after that she was gone.

 
At 2:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's true that she got fired because of her pregnancy and therefore breaking the contract she signed. however she and will smith did not like each other and i think she would have gotten fired eventually. having difficulties with the star of the show is never a good thing.
i felt sorry for her. i liked her far more than the new vivian banks, maybe because janet was the first one and has set a standard as to how we think vivian should be like.
in my opinion, fresh prince just got worse and worse. season 1 was probably the best season as many would agree (with occasional awesome episodes here and there in the later seasons). i always thought she'd make an elite singer because of the episode where she sings at a shopping mall for a recording trial. absolutely fantastic voice she has :)

 
At 9:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A very good and substantial actress,who made a character defination as only the very best in the business could. 'Rumors' abound in hollywood so I am sure that her depatrture from the show had little to do with all that stuff. It is a good character actress that shares her vision with other crew members. Hope you find another long lasting show

 
At 10:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Janet has the best legs I have seen

 

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