It’s common knowledge that “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” featured two Aunt Vivs throughout the duration of the sitcom. Janet Hubert, the original Aunt Viv, left the show and was replaced by Daphne Maxwell Reid, but life after her departure was far from easy. During a recent interview with Popviewer’s Chris Witherspoon, the TV icon admitted she contemplated suicide in the wake of her exit.
“Absolutely…,” she replied when asked if she ever considered taking her own life. “Because I figured…I had a life insurance policy that would take care of my son.”
In November, when cast members of “The Fresh Prince” reunited to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the 90s sitcom, Hubert and Will Smith ended their decades-long beef following her departure from the show.
At the time, she explained she was going through a difficult time as a pregnant woman and victim of a “very abusive marriage,” which she admits resulted in some tension. She revealed she left the show when she was offered a very bad deal that would have barely required her to work while prohibiting her from taking on other opportunities. Unfortunately, however, her label as someone who was “difficult to work with” made finding work almost impossible.
In the conversation with Witherspoon, Hubert explained that the “French Prince” ordeal followed her around and often resulted in hurtful comments being spewed against her. In one instance, she admitted she got into an altercation with a man who was serving 400 hours of community service.
“That’s when I said, ‘I am going to have a nervous breakdown now,’” Hubert explained.
Smith has since apologized for failing to empathize with “the level of pain and the level of struggle” Hubert experienced at the time. “First of all, thank you for sharing that with me,” he told the actress during the 30th anniversary special. “I didn’t know that. When I look back now, it’s obvious you were having a hard time and I felt like you hated me…You’re still my Aunt Viv!”