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“Aunt Viv” From The Fresh Prince Wants To Do A Reunion To Honor The Late James Avery

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8482915_600x338By Afiya J. Watkins

Janet Hubert has plans to head back to TV more than two decades after ending her most memorable role as Aunt Vivian from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

Most will recall her highly-publicized departure from the show which was acrimonious, to say the least. Hubert’s career seemed to suffer somewhat after leaving The Fresh Prince. She made appearances on several TV series including The JobThe Bernie Mac ShowOne Life to Live and House of Payne but was never able to return to her former TV glory.

Most recently Hubert produced and shot a web show entitled Janet Hubert’s Life In Between.

“I produced and shot it myself with the wonderful people at the Refinery, “Hubert said. “We are in discussion right now with one of the biggest agencies in the world about packaging it and putting it together [for TV]. I’ve got Leslie Uggams on board, Loretta Devine, and Brian Stokes Mitchell… it’s exciting.”

Earlier this month Hubert gave an exclusive statement to theGrio about the death of her Fresh Prince co-star James Avery.

Today, Hubert is still coping with the loss of her TV husband.

“The last time I was here I said, ‘let’s do a reunion.’ That never happened,” she said. “I can’t control that. I’m sorry that never happened, and now it never will, and that makes me sad.”

“It’s hard because you realize that we wasted a lot of time with a lot of bulls**t. Will [Smith] is the only person that can make that happen, and I think he should. I think in memory of James it should happen.”

Will Smith seems to have moved on to much bigger projects over the years. Returning to a TV show that he appeared on in the 1990s does not seem remotely high on his list of priorities.

Aunt Viv, sometimes you just can’t go home again…Not even when that home is a mansion in Bel Air.