RadarOnline.com reports Hubert has filed a lawsuit against the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and the AFTRA Health Fund over claims that she is suffering from “intense spasms” and “strange chattering” that have kept her unable to work.
*Fans and fellow celebs continue to mourn the death James Avery, best known for playing Will Smith’s loveable, yet stern Uncle Phil on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”
The 68-year-old actor, according to CNN, died in a Glendale, California, hospital Tuesday night following complications from open heart surgery, according to his rep. The surgery took place in November.
Many of his “Fresh Prince” co-stars have reacted, but the show’s leading man, Smith, had yet to comment at press time. Tatyana Ali remembered the actor on Twitter: “James was my teacher my protector & the most magnificent actor,” she wrote. “We’re feeling his loss very deeply. He’ll always be apart of me #JamesAvery.”
*Janet Hubert, best known for her role as ‘Aunt Vivian’ or “Aunt Viv” on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” made the news after writing an open letter to Wendy Williams after her interview with Tatyana Ali.
Wendy, in her classic gossip queen fashion, probed on the topic of the rumored drama between the Janet and Will Smith.
But in an interview with TheGrio, Janet set the record straight about why she really left.
“It was a negotiation that should have come back like most do,” she said. “We were a very successful show and I felt like I was an integral part of that, and felt valuable, but you cannot feel valuable in Hollywood.”
Since bouncing from the show, rumors began to swarm about their relationship and her interaction with Alfonso Ribeiro.
“I think what happened, because the audience was so on my side at that time, that Will probably felt like he needed to go out, and he needed to tell a lot of lies,” Hubert revealed. “Alphonso went out to a college and told a lot of lies, but the problem is I have proof that a lot of that didn’t happen.”
Hubert also revealed to theGrio that she is willing to do a reunion with the entire cast of “The Fresh Prince.”
“Absolutely,” Hubert said. “Even Daphne (Reid).”
Hubert also feels it’s time for her and Smith to heal any damage that has been done since she left The Fresh Prince some 21 years ago.
“I would say to him [Smith], we need to heal this. You’ve done some things, you’ve said some things, that were totally untrue and you know that they were untrue. I’ve said some things that I probably should have never said. But you’ve never heard them come from my mouth. Especially the TMZ thing last Christmas; my Mom passed away. So there I was again in the media getting beaten up…and you get tired. I’m tired. Aren’t you tired Will?”
Check out the full interview here.
*BET is going the nostalgic route with a flood of new/old programming, thanks to a fresh off-net licensing deal with Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution.
Soon, the network and its sister station CENTRIC will begin airing reruns of “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” “Family Matters,” “Martin,” “The Jamie Foxx Show” and “The Wayans Bros.” to air on BET and CENTRIC.
The deal was unveiled today by Debra L. Lee, Chairman and CEO, BET Networks and Ken Werner, President, Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution.
“We’re thrilled to bring our audience more of the classic hits and award-winning actors they love on both BET and CENTRIC,” said Debra L. Lee, Chairman and CEO of BET Networks.
“A deal of this magnitude underlines the importance of securing well-known proven hit programming as a part of the foundation of a successful network schedule,” said Werner. “These series perform strongly across ethnic and age demos – maintaining their original fan bases while consistently being discovered by new audiences.”
*James Avery is headed to Genoa City.
The veteran actor, best known from his role on “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” will join the CBS soap “The Young and the Restless” for a guest run as a judge, reports EW.
Avery — who also played a judge on “Fresh Prince,” will begin filming today for episodes that will begin airing Oct. 12.
Avery’s most recent credits include roles on “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Harry’s Law.” He also had a recurring role on “The Closer.”