Will Smith’s tears as he made peace with his ‘public enemy number 1’

Last Thursday, HBO Max broadcast the highly anticipated reunion of ‘The Prince of Bel Air’, rightly organized for the 30th anniversary of the first episode of the series. As expected, the special was loaded with many exciting moments, but without a doubt, the one that took the cake was the ceasefire staged by Will Smith and Janet Hubert, after decades of media battle.

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To understand the significance of this unexpected peace agreement, you have to go back to the end of the third season, at which point the actress left the series and was replaced in her role as Aunt Viv by Daphne Reid. So, Hubert accused Smith of pressuring those responsible for NBC, the network that broadcast the series, to force her to leave. And throughout the years the artist’s attacks on Smith have been continuous, becoming, in the eyes of the public, the enemy number 1 of the Hollywood star.

But the reunion of HBO Max served to clarify things and for the two actors to finally close their wounds and decide to bury the hatchet. Hubert stated that the real reason he decided not to continue on the sitcom was that the contract they offered her was very poor, and by then, she was going through a tough personal time, with her husband unemployed. And Smith, for his part, has acknowledged that it could have made “things harder for Janet,” who ended up losing her reputation in the industry.

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And yesterday, in the program that leads Jada Pinkett-Smith, The actor decided to share some unpublished moments of his talk with Hubert, in which you can appreciate the impact that the fight had on the actress’s private and public life. “I felt you hated me,” the actor confessed, to which she, on the verge of tears, replied as follows: “I hated what you did. You took a 30-something career from me. You went too far when you were younger and I know you always wanted to win.”

Smith did not try to defend himself against this last comment. “I went too far”, he admitted, “and I said things to people who did not know how to shut up that information”. Hubert, who lamented that the entire conflict had turned into a “30-year sentence” for her, also detailed some of the humiliations that she and her family suffered from fans of the actor: “They beat my son. They stamped a cookie on his face and said, ‘Your mother is a whore.’ People were sending me hateful messages on Instagram: ‘Aren’t you dead yet?’ I want Will. Why don’t you die? ‘ It was hard”.

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The confidences that both exchanged ended up causing that, at a certain moment of the special, they were forced to briefly leave the set to take a break. Y Smith himself couldn’t help crying at one point. Fortunately, as could be seen in the material aired on HBO Max, the conciliation ended warmly. “I couldn’t organize a 30th anniversary of the show and not celebrate your contribution to the show and to my life”, the actor recognized him. Y Hubert assured that the talk had been “curative”, thus closing three decades of hostility forever.

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