By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
There’s always been plenty of rumors on what really went down behind the scenes with the cast of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air that caused the first Vivian Banks (Janet Hubert) to get the boot and be replaced by Daphne Maxwell Reid. Some say Janet and Will Smith began to clash something serious behind the scenes, while some say Will did her dirty and kicked her off the show because he felt “intimidated.” Either way, Janet has made it clear that there’s still some unresolved issues there and she’s still not on good terms with Will. Maybe this is the reason Wendy Williams asked Tatyana Ali what really went down to cause Janet Hubert to get her walking papers from the show so many years ago.
While Tatyana kept it cute and said she wasn’t really sure because she was so young at the time, Janet caught the show and was furious that Wendy asked her about the situation (she also asked her about Drake and if they had a one night stand, Tatyana didn’t give much of an answer). Janet decided to write an open letter to Wendy for bringing her up in the interview and read the letter aloud on her BlogTalkRadio show, Speak Own It. Let’s just say she snatched Wendy’s wig off and walked away with it.
“On your recent show, you felt the need to put an end to the mystery surrounding my departure from a show I did so damn long ago that I don’t even remember why I departed. Wiggy, William, or whatever you are supposed to be; I’m not quite really sure, I’m writing you yet again to appeal to your sense of womanhood or manhood as some suggest to simply close your mouth to things you know nothing of. Now I watched your horrible show to see dear Tatyana Ali, sadly to say, fall into your trap.She even brought personal pictures of our wonderful days on the show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Now you know most people watch you to see what kind of heinous things your mouth, which I compare to an overflowing volcano, were spewed forth that day. Now perhaps other black women have allowed you to berate them and continue to support you in this matter of madness in of rewarding hatefulness. It’s seem to become a norm and it’s kind of taken over our society completely. But I, Janet Hubert, have vowed to never do this again. God forgive me. I sat there and watched you announce to the world that I was not a nice mother. I sat there and watched you tell the world that and I’m thinking to myself the only person that has a right to say that honey is my child. I sat there and watched you like some kind of devilish sink hole who was swallowing up Tatyana Ali. You reduced her to a child, sitting there attempting to keep some resemblance of dignity about her as you pried and invaded her life until you got what you wanted.
“You are such a demon Wendy. You are wicked, awful, conniving, sinister, spiteful, jealous of every other woman. Simply put, Wendy you are a virus. and you are not, nor have you ever been a true woman.
“…Girl you will have some stars on your show and demean them before they even make it back home. I would just like to know who died and told you that you were reborn Oprah? You want to be Oprah so bad that you would kill for it. And you would kill anyone to achieve success. Sister you will never be another Oprah. Oprah lifted her audience up. She exuded an air of class. But you know what Wendy, darling you are not even in my league. This is so beneath me to even bother with someone like you. But you asked for it. Didn’t nobody tell you to say my name on your show. So here you are. You will not destroy all of the hard work I went through for the last decade to clear my good name. I simply will not allow you to do so. I’m a lady and a real one. Wendy, girlfriend, you just messed with the wrong sister.
“…So here’s my advice to you Wendy. Okay? I want to tell you…Learn how to sit in a chair and stop fidgeting with yourself on camera. Wipe your giant teeth off camera. And don’t smear the spit on the chair. Please put some sweat pits under you arms. And darling, if your sweater is pulling honey, until there are lines across your chest, it’s too tight. You might want to deflate those tremendous…breasts. Take off the fake blonde hair and you have to stop playing the race card because you’re coming off like a wanna be white girl who will never be white.
“Now I have never seen anything except the hogs I used to feed before school, slobber at the mere mention of food, so I even question your humanness at times. I have never seen such a display of self hatred Wendy.
“Just a couple more suggestions for you. Would you please stop dissing all of us who have embraced our natural hair that I and many others have? And yes Wendy, natural hair does belong on a red carpet, whether you like it or not. I kind of feel sorry for you. You sit there on your big foot, tacky throne everyday while millions of people are laughing at you, not with you. There is a big difference. Nobody cares what you think about their lives. But we do care what you put to there about us. And my heart saddens when women, especially black women, have embraced your evil after all of our struggles in society. You and your kind have set us back 100 years. How dare you chastise anyone when you are such a travesty.
“Now. Take that. Chew it my dear. And stick it on your ‘Lawd have mercy you are disgusting, fly ridden gum wall.’ And that’s the advice I have for you my sister. Peace.”
Here’s the interview with Tatyana that prompted Janet’s response:
And here’s Janet’s reading of Wendy Williams: