Will Smith Confirms Original Aunt Viv, Janet Hubert, Will Appear in 'Fresh Prince' Reunion Special

The 30th anniversary special, which will premiere on HBO Max this fall, marks the first time Smith and Hubert have sat down together in nearly 30 years.

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Fresh Prince reunion

The much-anticipated Fresh Prince reunion will include a surprising guest.

On Thursday, the show's titular star Will Smith shared two photos from the 30th anniversary special, which was shot this week on the sitcom's original set. One picture showed Smith smiling with cast members Tatyana Ali, Karyn Parsons, Joseph Marcell, Daphne Maxwell Reid, Alfonso Ribeiro, and DJ Jazzy Jeff. The second photo, however, is what really got people talking.

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Smith is seen in studio sitting next to Janet Hubert, who played the series' original matriarch, Aunt Viv. Hubert, who was replaced by Daphne Maxwell Reid in season 4. Hubert reportedly left the sitcom on bad terms, later accusing Smith of being an "egomaniac" who ruined her career. 

"There will never be a reunion as I will never do anything with an asshole like Will Smith," Huber said in 2011. "He is still an egomaniac and has not grown up." 

Shortly after Hubert's departure in 1993, Smith suggested the actress left due to jealousy and a sense of entitlement.

"I can say straight up that Janet Hubert wanted the show to be The Aunt Viv of Bel-Air Show," he told an Atlanta radio station. "She's mad now but she's been mad all along. She said once, 'I've been in the business for 10 years and this snotty-nosed punk comes along and gets a show.' No matter what, to her I'm just the AntiChrist."

The reunion special will mark the first time Smith and Hubert will sit down together in 27 years. The shoot was described as "an emotional reunion and a candid conversation." Judging by the smiles in the photo, it's safe to assume the actors have buried the hatchet.

You can check out reactions to the first-look below. The Prince of Bel-Air reunion special will premiere on HBO Max this fall.

Will Smith has made peace with the original Aunt Viv from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, after decades of feuding. Whatever differences they may have had, Janet Hubert was always great in that role. As a professional singer, dancer and actress, her presence on the show was strong. pic.twitter.com/FoDgBF8r4S

— Price of Reason (@priceoreason) September 11, 2020

The real Aunt Viv spent years DRAGGING Will Smith and now they’re reuniting?! This is must see TV pic.twitter.com/KqfRm43qsL

— Joshua Chenault (@joshuachenault1) September 11, 2020

A Janet Hubert (dark skinned Aunt Viv) and Will Smith reunion is NOT something that I saw on my 2020 forecast! pic.twitter.com/a5agAb9GtJ

— Ken. (@OmgKenActually) September 10, 2020

If the OG Aunt Viv & Will Smith can bury the hatchet, then anything is possible! 👏👏 https://t.co/thYB6a2veP

— R.A.W.D.O.G. (@DabneyLife) September 11, 2020

Just in case you needed a reminder. #AuntViv #WillSmith pic.twitter.com/Q4wkcU6h4R

— Erica Buddington (@ericabuddington) September 11, 2020

Look, all I need is a Will Smith + original Aunt Viv (Janet Hubert) one-on-one special.

What really happened and how did he convince her to join the reboot?

Still, excited about this upcoming special. pic.twitter.com/JdAzQaQICS

— errol barnett • cbs (@errolbarnett) September 11, 2020

Oh if Janet Hubert (original Aunt Viv) is having a sit down with Will Smith I am absolutely watching that Fresh Prince Reunion. Besides the dance episode this is definitely my favourite scene ⬇️ 🤣 pic.twitter.com/gm52LVLoIQ

— Drew (@JustRollinOn86) September 11, 2020

Aunt Viv and Will Smith really reconciled. This is beautiful. I love it. We really needed a reunion between these two in 2020. pic.twitter.com/9cI8bIziJ5

— I have so many questions? (@english_shamar) September 11, 2020

I said September be good to us and look, Will Smith and the original Aunt Viv actress Janet Louise Hubert made up. Coincidence? I think not. pic.twitter.com/tTErXf0fq5

— nathan (@868nathan) September 11, 2020

The real Aunt Viv is back! pic.twitter.com/jMJbCadKy4

— Britni Danielle (@BritniDWrites) September 11, 2020

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