Janet Hubert, who played the original Aunt Viv on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, issued some strong words about her former co-star Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith over their decision to not attend the Oscars due to lack of diverse nominees.
"People are dying. Our boys are being shot left and right. People are hungry, people are starving. People are trying to pay bills. And you're talking about some motherf--ing actors and Oscars. And it just ain't that deep," Hubert said in a video posted on Monday. "And I find it ironic that somebody who has made their living and made millions and millions of dollars from the very people that you talk about boycotting just because you didn't get a nomination, just because you didn't win. That's not the way life works, baby. And it's very suspect to me."
Pinkett Smith addressed Hubert's accusations in an interview withET, saying: "This whole Oscar controversy isn't really about the Oscars. Really, in my plea to ask all communities and people of color to take back our power is so that we can use it in all sectors of our community, and right now, specifically with African-American people, we have some very serious issues that I think we as a people have to move together on. I'm hoping we can find ways to step together in this instead of finding ways to fight each other. I got love for everybody."
Speaking on Good Morning AmericaThursday morning, Smith said his snub for his starring role in Concussionis "probably a part" of Pinkett Smith's boycott of the Academy Awards, but that is not the main reason the couple will not be attending. "The nominations reflect the Academy. The Academy reflects the industry, reflects Hollywood. And then the industry reflects America. It reflects a series of challenges that we are having in our country at the moment," Smith said. "There's a regressive slide towards separatism, towards racial and religious disharmony. And that's not the Hollywood that I want to leave behind."
"We're part of this community. But at this current time, we're uncomfortable to stand there and say this is OK," Smith added.
This is not the first time Hubert and Smith have butted heads. The actress was fired from Fresh Prince of Bel-Air after three seasons in 1993 to be replaced by Daphne Maxwell Reid. According to Hubert, during her time on the popular sitcom Smith was "an egomaniac" and an "a--hole" who didn't stick up for his co-stars when it came to helping the rest of the cast get raises.
Smith previously responded to Hubert's disses by reportedly telling 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."