Will Smith has been breathing new life into the Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air brand to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the show. He released a new collection of merchandise centered around the brand and his styles from the beloved series. The old house from the show also made a debut on Airbnb, becoming a tourist designation with a Fresh Prince experience included. Perhaps the most anticipated event of the year, though, has become the reunion special that Will has been teasing.
Will dropped the reunion trailer on his Instagram, instantly drawing attention from life-long fans of the show. The Trailer showed everyone from the beloved TV series smiling and having a good ole time but the second picture is what created the online buzz. The second slide showed Will away from the set sitting with Janet Hubert who played Aunt Viv for the first half of the show’s iconic television run. This is interesting because she’s been very vocal about her issues with The Fresh Prince even voicing some concerns about her co-star Will Smith at one point.
In her 2009 memoir, “Perfection Is Not a Sitcom Mom,” Hubert revealed that Smith had requested her to be fired from the show, which she said ruined her entire career.
Janet also shared how she felt being replaced on the show after having portrayed her iconic role as Aunt Viv from when the Fresh Prince first aired in 1990 up until it’s third season in 1993.
“When you are strong, black, confident and a woman you are a threat to those who are less talented. It has been the story of my entire career. Vivian Banks became iconic for these qualities, they had hoped to silence her power but only gave her more by replacing her…,” she explained.
Looks like the two stars will finally be sitting down to hash out their differences.
HBO Max has finally blessed us with a trailer for the highly anticipated reunion show and given us a release date. The special will be streaming exclusively on HBO Max on November 19th and feature a tribute to the late James Avery who portrayed the role of Uncle Phil on the show. The star sadly passed away in 2014 from complications with open-heart surgery.
Watch the trailer down below and tell what you think in the comments!