The two reunited during HBO Max’s The Fresh Prince of Bel Air reunion special for the first time in 27 years after Janet left her character as Aunt Viv on the hit sitcom.
If you didn’t know, Janet dallied Aunt Viv during the first 3 seasons of Fresh Prince. She left the show in 1993 citing” imaginative differences” and was replaced by Daphne Maxwell Reid.
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After her retirement, the two duelled very publicly, with Will telling a Atlanta radio station shortly after her retirement that Janet” missed the prove to be The Aunt Viv of Bel-Air Show…She’s mad now but she’s been mad all along .”
Almost a decade ago, Janet told TMZ there would “never” be a reunion, calling Will an “a-hole” and an “egomaniac, ” and “this constant reunion thing will never ever happen in my lifetime unless there is an apology, which he doesn’t know the word, ” supposedly condemning him for her premature departure from the show in 1993.
Despite their differences, Will and Janet decided to finally sitting there and clear the air.
” I don’t know your story ,” Will says to Janet.
” I know, you have no idea. It was insane ,” Janet responded, before clarifying that “shes not” burnt from the demo despite what was reported at the time.
” They offered me this really bad deal in the third season. They said,’ You’ve got two months and two weeks of study and you cannot work anywhere else ,'” Janet recalled.” So that intended my salary was chipped. I had a brand-new child and a husband who was out of work, so I said no. I did not accept their offer .”
” I was never burnt, but the error was always put out there ,” Janet continued.” I was captured — what could I do? They said,’ Okay, then we’re going to recast your role ,’ and I said,’ What can I say ?’ I was hurt, seriously .”
Janet went on to tell Will that his words after her deviation from Fresh Prince really hurt her and her career. She too explained that her rigors on situate had nothing to do with the give, but it was more about being in a” highly abusive union .”
” I have children, I’ve been divorced, I’ve had a second matrimony ,” Will greeted.” And I can see now the level of aching and the level of fight that it was for you really to show up every day .”
” I lost everything — stature, everything — and I understand you were able to move forward, but you know those commands — announcing a Black woman difficult in Hollywood is the kiss of death ,” Janet said.” And it’s hard enough being a dark-skinned Black woman in this business .”
She too explained why she wanted to patch things up with Will, saying,” I felt it was necessary for us to finally move forward, and I’m sorry that I have blasted “youre going to” sections .”
Will then answered,” First of all, thank you for sharing that with me. I didn’t know that, when I look back now it’s obvious that you were having a hard time and I felt like you detested me. I has not been able do a 30 -year celebration of this demonstrate and not celebrate you, celebrate your contribution to the show, celebrate your contribution to my life .”
In a solo interview, Janet discussed the sit-down with Will, saying,” I have to say, after 27 times, being here today and having the conversation that Will and I had together — it’s healing. I didn’t come here to have animosity, I came here to resolve,’ cause it’s time .”
The Fresh Prince of Bel Air reunion special is streaming on HBO Max.
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