The original Aunt Viv is on Will Smith’s side.
“Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” star Janet Hubert shared a tweet defending Smith over slapping Chris Rock on the Oscars stage.
”I cannot tell you how many times I have wanted to slap the mess out of so many folks who have disrespected me. Will stood up for his wife, Chris Rock is always disrespecting Black women. Mean spirited hides behind comedy. BULL.”
@janethubertformyfanspage https://t.co/OjJoYBcXOl I cannot tell you how many times I have wanted to slap the mess out of so many folks who have disrespected me. Will stood up for his wife, Chris Rock is always disrespecting Black women. Mean spirited hides behind comedy.BULL
— Janet Hubert (@OGJanetHubert) March 28, 2022
Smith got up on stage and smacked Rock after the comedian had made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head. Jada has been public about going with the bald look as a result of having alopecia.
Hubert followed up with a post on Instagram after being attacked on social media for defending Smith, warning people they need to get “smacked back.”
“Will Smith is a grown a** man and I’m a grown a** woman. He ain’t telling me what to say. I don’t got to kiss anyone’s a** but I will kick it,” she said in reference to the backlash she received.
Hubert, who played Aunt Viv on “Fresh Prince”, famously had behind-the-scenes issues with Smith, which led to her departure from the show and the role being recast with actress Daphne Maxwell Reid.
The two reunited in 2020 for the “Fresh Prince” reunion special to settle their differences.
ET Canada has reached out to Hubert’s rep for comment.