June 17th, 2009, 02:43 PM
Oooooh boy do I love it when the truth comes out, especially when it has to do with ’90s sitcoms!
Remember the original mom on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air?
Well apparently she - Janet Hubert - has penned a tell-all book entitled “Perfection is Not a Sitcom Mom,” in which she reveals a secret or two about the show’s star and America’s sweetheart, Will Smith.
Here are two particularly great excerpts from the exclusive she gave BV Buzz:
“Smith had people around him who made sure no one outshone him. I was happy to see Don Cheadle become the quality actor that he is, and often wondered how he made it past one episode, as Hilary’s boyfriend, being such a fierce actor. No one could be on The Tonight Show that first season, except Will. And I mean no one.”
“I recall the lovely and incredibly talented Countess Vaughn coming to guest star. Oh my God! The day of table read, she was pee-in-your-pants funny. The writers were howling, we were howling, so I knew she was history – banished into the cornfield. Many years later, after she had her own show, I had to tell her when she asked me why. ‘Miss Janet why did I get cut from the episode,’ she asked? Simply, my darling, you were too good.”
As you’ll recall, Hubert was fired from the show and replaced by actress Daphne Maxwell Reid. Her book will also reportedly reveal the true story behind her termination.
Between you and me, I much preferred Hubert as sassy Vivian Banks (”Aunt Viv“). The new babe seemed like a Harriet Winslow knock-off.
Man. This is more exciting than Stephanie Tanner’s meth addiction!
Okay, almost. Not quite.