Will Smith made headlines when he and Janet Hubert — the original Aunt Viv on “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” — finally buried the hatchet after a nearly 30-year feud for the show’s 30th anniversary.
Will Smith is opening up about reconciling with his The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air costar Janet Hubert.
In a PEOPLE exclusive clip of Friday’s Facebook Watch surprise Red Table Talk episode, the 52-year-old actor takes over the red table to discuss the lessons he’s learned from his contentious feud with Hubert alongside clinical psychologist Dr. Ramani Durvasula.
In the clip, Smith says he went to the red table — usually hosted by his wife Jada Pinkett Smith, daughter Willow Smith and mother-in-law Adrienne Banfield Norris — to talk about “something that has really troubled me for nearly 30 years.”
“My painful situation was around the Fresh Prince,” he says. “I had a feud, a war of words that I’d been in with Janet that I never thought would get resolved.”
The two reunited and buried the hatchet during the show’s HBO Max reunion special, which debuted on Wednesday night.
Smith says, “I really couldn’t see myself celebrating without really dealing with this.”
Hubert, 64, played Aunt Viv for the first three seasons of the series. She left the show in 1993 citing “creative differences” and was replaced by Daphne Maxwell Reid, 72. Since then, Hubert and Smith, 57, have tangled occasionally in the public eye.
“We never publicly talk about Janet and what happened, and for me it felt like I couldn’t celebrate 30 years of Fresh Prince without finding a way to celebrate Janet,” Smith told his fellow costars Tatyana Ali, Karyn Parsons, Joseph Marcell, Daphne Maxwell Reid and Alfonso Ribeiro on the special. “So she agreed to sit down and have a conversation with me, and Janet and I saw one another for the first time in 27 years yesterday.”
As the two sat down together, they were able to speak to each other openly about what had occurred in the past.
“I don’t know your story,” Smith said.
If you haven’t watched ‘The Fresh Prince Reunion Special’ you are missing out on a great hour of TV.