The last guest just replied to HBO Max’s Fresh Prince of Bel-Air special meeting. Janet Hubert, whose behind-the-scenes problems with Will Smith led to her early departure as the original Aunt Viv, is sitting with Smith in front of the camera for the first time in 27 years.
Smith shared two behind-the-scenes images from the highly anticipated special on Thursday, including a thrilling shot (above) of him sitting with Hupert. She also shared this take of the other cast members attending the reunion: Tatyana Ali (Ashley), Karyn Parsons (Hilary), Joseph Marcell (Geoffrey), Daphne Maxwell Reid (Aunt Viv No. 2), DJ Jazzy Jeff (Jazz) and Alfonso Ribeiro (Carlton). Sadly, James Avery ̵
The meeting is expected to debut around Thanksgiving. Check out Smith’s group photo (taken on what appears to be a recreation of the show’s set) below:
According to the official HBO Max release, Smith surprised the rest of the cast while filming the reunion special by revealing that he filmed a separate conversation with Hubert. The experience has been described as “an emotional reunion and a heartfelt conversation” 27 years of work.
Smith and Hubert’s tumultuous personal and professional relationship has been well documented over the years. The actress even talked about it in her 2009 book Perfection is not a sitcom mom. Say that Fresh Prince fans didn’t expect Hubert to appear at this reunion is an understatement.
In another Fresh Prince news, Peacock recently gave a two-season order to Bel Air, a dramatic retelling of the classic sitcom. The project is based on a viral parody trailer from Morgan Cooper, who joins Smith as executive producer.
Check out the behind-the-scenes photos above, then leave a comment with your thoughts on the meeting below.